Are you up for the “Take 10” challenge?

On behalf of the U.S. Census Bureau, please help to boost the mail-back participation rates across the nation and in your community during the 2010 Census.

During each Decennial Census, the Census Bureau undertakes the count of every person residing in the United States, as mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. To encourage everyone to take 10 minutes to answer the 10 simple questions on the 2010 Census form, we are launching the “Take 10” campaign. You can access “Take 10” updates on the proportion of households that have mailed back the 2010 Census forms. You also will be able to view differences between your community’s participation rates and those of neighboring communities or other areas across the country.

During the 2000 Census, 72 percent of occupied households mailed back their forms. In 2010, we are challenging communities to do even better. The Census Bureau’s “Take 10” campaign gives you a wide range of tools to inspire your community to meet our challenge. These include:

An interactive, map-based, “Take 10” Web sitethat will allow local communities to track and compare their 2010 Census mail-back participation rates, will be updated on a daily basis.

Please be aware that an accurate count of the local population will help to ensure that Tamworth will receive its fair share of federal funding. This funding includes resources for services, such as health care, education, and roads.

You must complete and mail back your census forms between March 15, 2010 and April 15, 2010. The good news is that the 2010 Census questionnaire is one of the shortest in history-just 10 questions that only take about 10 minutes to complete.

Paraphrased from an email by Robert M. Groves, Director, U.S. Census Bureau

“Take 10” Challenge for 2010 Census
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