Have you sent back your census yet?
American’s received their 2010 census forms last month. There has been a lot of hooplah made over these forms. I have to tell you, for all of the hooplah, it was no big deal. And for no big deal, it can pay off for all of us.
2010 Census by the Numbers- Census.gov
1. This year, America conducts its 23rd census.
2.More than $400 billion- Amount in federal funds distributed each year to states and communities based in part on census population data. <http://www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/govsrr2009-1.pdf>
3. 435- Number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives to be apportioned according to the 2010 Census. Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires a census once a decade. <http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html#1.2.3>
4. Census.gov says “It takes just 10 minutes for the average household to complete 10 simple questions. The census form is one of the shortest in history, asking households to provide the names of residents and their sex, age and date of birth, race, whether of Hispanic origin, relationship to householder, whether the home is owned or rented and telephone number. We also ask two questions needed to ensure an accurate count and good data quality. Note that the form does not ask about citizenship or legal status, or for anyone’s Social Security number.”
5. 134 million-Estimated number of housing units the Census Bureau will have to contact, either by mail or in person, to conduct the 2010 Census. This total includes:
- More than 120 million
Number of questionnaires to be delivered by mail to U.S. residential addresses between March 15 and March 17. Residents are asked to fill out the questionnaire and mail it back.
- 12 million
Number of addresses, mostly in rural areas, that will have questionnaires delivered to them by census takers starting March 1 and ending March 31. In these areas, residents also are asked to fill out the questionnaire and mail it back.
- 1.5 million
Number of addresses, in areas with seasonal housing and in very remote areas, in which enumerators will visit and fill out the questionnaire at the door, all in one visit.
6. 99%- Percentage of the population in housing units that will be able to mail back the questionnaire. Approximately 90 percent will receive the questionnaire in the mail; another 9 percent will receive it from a census taker who will drop off the form for the resident to fill out and mail back. About 1 percent of the population will receive a visit from a census taker who will fill out the resident’s answers on the questionnaire at the home. This will occur mainly in the case of those living in areas with seasonal housing and in remote areas like many American Indian areas or the colonias along the border with Mexico. (Those living in group quarters will be enumerated separately from those in housing units.)
7. 360 million- Total number of questionnaires that have been printed. Stacked one on top of another, a pile of these forms would stand about 29 miles high — more than five times higher than Mount Everest.
8. 11.6 million pounds- Collective weight of the paper the questionnaires were printed on. The printing of these questionnaires required 295,259 pounds of ink. The questionnaires printed, which fill nearly 425 tractor-trailers, would circle the globe three times if stretched end to end.
9. 47.8 million– Projected number of housing units that will fail to respond to the census by mail and will require a census taker to follow up in person to count the household. Receiving census forms by mail is much less expensive and saves taxpayers approximately $85 million for every percentage point increase in the national mail participation rate.
10. 6- Number of languages that questionnaires are available in: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese. (Translated questionnaires are available only upon request.) In 2000, forms were also available in six languages, with Tagalog, rather than Russian, as one of the options.
11. More than one race- People answering the census may select more than one racial category to indicate mixed racial heritage. The groups shown in the census race question collapse into the five race groups required by the federal government: white, black or African-American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. The questionnaire also provides a choice of “some other race.”
12. 72- Number of years individual census records are kept before they are made public by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Shortly after the census is completed, the Census Bureau turns over the images of the questionnaires to NARA, which in turn keeps them secure for the next seven-plus decades. In 2012, individual records from the 1940 Census will be made available to the public for the first time for genealogical research.
13. $14.5 billion-Estimated cost of the 2010 Census, covering fiscal years 2001 through 2013. The total includes the cost of the American Community Survey for each of these years.
The TT questions are brought to you by Bud, the color KC’s eyes and the number 3.
1. Why do they ask you to get on the plane? Shouldn’t you get in it? When was your last flight?
No kidding. Flew in Jan. I hate flying. I got padded down in the local puddle-jumper airport. WTH?
2. Why do they call two planes getting too close a near miss? Shouldn’t it be a near hit? Have you ever been on a plane that was in trouble?
I had a friend who died in a crash in the Philippine’s. It was tragic.
3. If a mute swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap? What have you done when your child sweared?
Dude- I swear with my child. He’s like 6 feet tall and old enough to get drafted.
4. How about a restaurant for anorexics? What would you call it? The Empty Plate? When was the last time you went out to a fancy restaurant?
Define “fancy”. If the anorexics are bulimics I’d stay out of the bathrooms.
5. Where do forest rangers go to ‘get away from it all’? What to you do to get away from it all?
Yogi’s place. duh.
6. Why do people who know the least know it the loudest? What do you do to get a know-it-all to shut up?
Write a meme and get it stolen on a Sunday. Honest.
7. If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong? Men: does your woman (or most recent) think that you are always wrong? Women: Do you believe that men are always wrong?
Seriously dumb question written by someone who has had a few failed relationships and is now the author of a dating profile meme (nice plug- huh?).
8. If a turtle loses his shell, is it naked or homeless? Tell us about a time when you were caught naked.
I’m sure the author of this question in no way had the image of twins in mind when he wrote it. At my age, if I were ‘caught’ naked the viewer would probably suffer from permanent eye damage.
9. Would a fly that loses it wings be called a walk? How badly do flies annoy you?
Suddenly I feel like sh#% because flies are starting to annoy me even though I haven’t seen one in like 6 months.
10. Why do they report power outages on TV? When was the last time that you went without power?
No kidding- I always ask that. Don’t know but, we are under a tornado watch at the moment.
11. If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat? Have you ever been or considered to be a vegetarian?
Would never work cause I depend too much on the Adkins diet.
12. If the cops arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent? Tell us about a time when either you were arrested or came close.
Me? Are you serious? I’ve never even had a ticket of any kind.
13. Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food? Have you ever owned a cat?
Yep, I’ve owned cats. They are kinda like dogs except they take up less space when they pin you in at night.