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The U.S. Census Bureau has begun mailing letters to Castle Rock addresses, notifying households that 2010 Census forms will be arriving March 15-17.
The one-page letter urges residents to complete the 10-question Census form when it arrives and to return it in the accompanying prepaid envelope as soon as possible.
“The advance letter helps people know that their 2010 Census form will be arriving soon,” said Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves. “It's an important reminder about the impact the Census has on our communities, that the Census is important and that everyone needs to participate.”
Census Bureau research shows that reaching out to respondents with an advance letter and reminder postcard, if necessary, can boost Census mail-back rates and save money. For every 1 percent increase in households that respond by mail, taxpayers save about $85 million in operational costs associated with Census takers going door-to-door to follow up with households that did not mail back the form.
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide.
The 2010 Census form will be one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.
Go to 2010census.gov for help completing your 2010 Census form when it arrives. The form cannot be filled out online.
Responses are requested by Census Day, April 1.
The Town of Castle Rock asks for your participation.