The American Community Survey & Census 2010

Participants gathered for an informational session on the American Community Survey and Census 2010 at the Sachem Public Library on November 23, 2009 with guest speaker Rosemarie Fogarty, Information Services Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau, New York Regional Office.

What’s New with Census 2010?

In March 2010, Census questionnaires will be delivered across the U.S., in preparation of April 1, 2010, which is Census Day.  The 2010 Census will be a short-form only census and will count all residents living in the United States as well as ask for name, sex, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, relationship and housing tenure–taking just minutes to complete.

The message for Census 2010 is:

It’s easy: It only takes about 10 minutes to answer just 10 questions.

It’s important: The data can help enhance our community.

It’s safe: By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

The more detailed socioeconomic information is now collected through the American Community Survey, which provides current data about your community every year, rather than once every 10 years.

Additional Resources:

Also be sure to visit the Census 2010 and the American Community Survey websites for additional information.

Special thanks to the Sachem Public Library for hosting this event.

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