The census is getting personal.....

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by goldenlight, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. goldenlight


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    First, what the census wants to know, and why, as told BY the census:

    1: How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or
    mobile home on April 1, 2010?

    Why it matters: This question is asked to help get an accurate count of the
    number of people in the household on Census Day, April 1. The information is
    used to ensure response accuracy and completeness and to contact respondents
    whose forms have incomplete or missing information.

    2: Were there any additional people staying here April 1 that you did not
    include in Question 1?

    Why it matters: This question has been asked since 1880. It's to help
    identify people who may have been excluded in the count provided in Question
    1. The information is used to ensure response accuracy and completeness and
    to contact respondents whose forms have incomplete or missing information.

    3: Is this house, apartment, or mobile home: owned with mortgage, owned
    without mortgage, rented, occupied without rent?

    Why it matters: Asked since 1890. Homeownership rates serve as an indicator
    of the nation's economy. The data also are used to administer housing
    programs and to inform planning decisions.

    4: What is your telephone number?

    Why it matters: The Census Bureau asks for a phone number in case it needs
    to contact a respondent when a form is returned with incomplete or missing

    5: Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a
    person here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the
    owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This
    will be Person 1. What is Person 1's name?

    Why it matters: Listing the name of each person in the household helps the
    respondent to include all members, particularly in large households where a
    respondent may forget who was counted and who was not. Also, names are
    needed if additional information about an individual must be obtained to
    complete the census form. Federal law protects the confidentiality of
    personal information, including names.

    6: What is Person 1's sex?

    Why it matters: This question has been asked since 1790. Census data about
    gender are important because many federal programs must differentiate
    between males and females for funding, implementing and evaluating their
    programs. For instance, laws promoting equal employment opportunity for
    women require census data on sex. Also, sociologists, economists, and other
    researchers who analyze social and economic trends use the data.

    7: What is Person 1's age and date of birth?

    Why it matters: This question has been asked since 1800. Federal, state, and
    local governments need data about age to interpret most social and economic
    characteristics, such as forecasting the number of people eligible for
    Social Security or Medicare benefits. The information is widely used in
    planning and evaluating government programs and policies that provide funds
    or services for children, working-age adults, women of childbearing age, or
    the older population.

    8: Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?

    Why it matters: This question has been asked since 1970. This information is
    needed by federal agencies to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination
    provisions, such as those under the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights
    Act. State and local governments may use the data to help plan and
    administer bilingual programs for people of Hispanic origin.

    9: What is Person 1's race?

    Why it matters: This question has been asked since 1790. Race is key to
    implementing many federal laws and is needed to monitor compliance with the
    Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. State governments use the data
    to determine congressional, state and local voting districts. The
    information also is used to assess fairness of employment practices, to
    monitor racial disparities in characteristics such as health and education
    and to plan and obtain funds for public services.

    10: Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else?

    Why it matters: This is another question we ask in order to ensure response
    accuracy and completeness and to contact respondents whose forms have
    incomplete or missing information.


    Why we count 'em

    Remember counting off in gym class? Now imagine about 300 million people in
    a gym covering 4 million square miles, and you're just beginning to grasp
    the immensity of the task facing U.S. census takers. For most of us, the
    effort starts in March when millions of homes receive questionnaires for the
    2010 U.S. Census. If you don't send it back, expect a personal visit from a
    census taker in April.

    By law, the 2010 census will be completed by March 2011. Here is a quick
    look at why our nation tries to count everyone:

    Q: Why do we have a census?

    A: Because the Constitution says so. Article 1, Section 2 requires that a
    census be done every 10 years in order to apportion the U.S. House of
    Representatives seats among the states. It also is used to distribute about
    $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each

    Q: Why is it called a census?

    A: The name is Latin, coming from the word "censere," meaning to estimate or
    to assess. "Census" was the name of the list the Romans kept that tracked
    all adult males who were fit for military service. The Romans conducted
    their census every 5 years.

    Q: Are you required by law to answer the census?

    A: Yes. Fines can be as high as $5,000 for refusing or willfully neglecting
    to complete a questionnaire or answer questions posed by census takers.

    Source: U.S. Census Bureau

    Sorry, I don't have a link; this was shamelessly stolen from Usenet.

    I tried to look up the source, but Googling the census results in over 30 MILLION hits.

    Going to:

    was a complete waste of time, for me at least.

    Now, this is what *I* think of them, told far better than I could have said it: :whistling: :supergrin: :dunno:
  2. BobbyT


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    To those in:

    Free states: name and age. No other information for the race-baiters, preference-pushers, or identity-politics crowd to use.

    Urban failures: trash the thing. They're losing population but over-represented thanks to vote fraud and illegal aliens. The faster they lose reps the better.

  3. RedTop


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    If you think that's bad, wait until they send you the American Community Survey. :steamed: It's a census questionnaire that is about 28 pages long, asking you what your mortgage payment is, if you wear eye glasses, what time you leave for work in the morning, etc... :steamed:

    They sent me one a couple of months ago and it went straight into the trash. Their still sending me threatening letters stating it's required by law.:upeyes:

    For this census - What BobbyT said.
  4. Psychman

    Psychman NRA Patriot Life Member

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    Long Beach California.
    So does anybody really know if filling out the Census is "required by Law"? I am trying to decide what I want to do with mine. I think I may just fill it in and send it back, but If I got that longer form, it would end up in the trash for sure.
  5. StarShip2100

    StarShip2100 Futurist

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    In the New World
    According to Title 13, Section 221 (Census, Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answers) of the United States Code, persons who fail or refuse to respond to the mail-back census form, or refuse to respond to a follow-up census taker can be fined up to $100. Persons who knowingly provide false information to the census can be fined up to $500.

    So far the Census Bureau has offered no indication that it actually intends to charge violators or impose these fines, but if you fail to complete and return your 2010 Census questionnaire, a census-taker will be paying you a visit.

    Personal Follow-up Visits
    From April through July 2010, some 1.4 million census takers will make door-to-door visits to all households that failed to respond to the mail-back Census 2010 questionnaires. The Census worker will assist a member of the household -- who must be at least 15-years old -- in completing the Census 2010 survey form. Census workers can be identified by a badge and Census 2010 bag.

    Privacy of Census Responses
    Under federal law, all employees and officials of the Census Bureau are prohibited from sharing a person's personal information with anyone else, including welfare agencies, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Internal Revenue Service, courts, police and the military. Violation of this law carries penalties of $5,000 in fines and up to five years in prison.
  6. KS Trekker

    KS Trekker That Guy

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    I'm not putting what my race is. We are supposed to be a nation of equality yet our government keeps asking us this stupid question. Besides, can any of us answer with absolute certainty what race we are? What would Barry's answer be? He is half white after all. I know I have some American Indian in me (just not enough to get any casino money), so I'm leaving race blank. Maybe I'll write in Na'vi (from Avatar) 'cause that's what I really want to be. :tongueout:
  7. costanza187

    costanza187 I like Macs

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    I was a bit upset when the census asked me what I was wearing.
  8. johnd


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    I always look forward to those type questions as I was born in South Africa, Im white with blonde hair and green eyes and Im the real original "African American"...of course I would prefer to be just an American but they wont let me be that.
  9. Glock-it-to-me

    Glock-it-to-me Catching liars

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    Go ask Alice, I think she'll know
    What's a telephone?

    I sometimes stay out at the still if Ima workin hard.

    I live in a shack. I saw no place to check that.

    How the hell do I know when I was born? I was very young at the time.

    Race? By now we're all pretty much mutts.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2010
  10. Spiffums

    Spiffums I.C.P.

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    For the last 3 or 4 years I have been Human or Blood Elf........ I just can't bring myself to play a troll or gnome......

    Oh that's not the race they were meaning.
  11. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    I should put days /played as my age....
  12. Trigun


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    For "race" just put "American". Supposedly a lot of people will be doing that.
  13. hivoltg


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    Marshall County, Ms.
    So, we are required by law to answer ALL the questions on the census form?:dunno:
  14. DR. HOUSE

    DR. HOUSE Everybody Lies

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    Mid Nebraska
    Thats the only question I refuse to answer. They already have my address if they need to contact me.
  15. hill billy

    hill billy Head Case

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    I hope they come visit me. All they will be getting at any point is number of males and number of females. If they refuse to leave, they may get an assist off the property. :whistling:

    As an aside, the thought of them trying to visit people is a joke. The sheer numbers of folks who won't be where the .gov thinks they are due to foreclosure and such is staggering.
  16. USMC61


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    Tell me why it matters that I give them my DOB? Why is not my age enough?
  17. WarCry


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    For all the talk about how everyone everywhere always and forever should respect the Constitution for the 2nd Amendment, there seems to be an awful lot of *****ing about the Census. The Census isn't even an Amendment, it's part of the core document!

    Don't like it, talk to your representatives about the manner they're directing by law. But if you don't do it the way it's required, then you should lose the right to ***** and moan about your Constitutional Rights being infringed with the 2A, because you're not living up to YOUR end of the deal anyway.
  18. JASV.17

    JASV.17 Prime Example

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    Filled out mine yesterday. I answered question #1 only, number of people who live in my house.
  19. DR. HOUSE

    DR. HOUSE Everybody Lies

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    Mid Nebraska

    Has the census always been as through as it is this year?
  20. Richard Simmons

    Richard Simmons American Icon

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    What about service members who reside on base and do not have a civilian address or are on deployment and not living or staying in the house on 4/1?