The 2010 Census is here! The City of Berkeley is depending on the Berkeley community to be a part of this important event. Everyone living in the city, both citizens and non-citizens, must be counted. With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census form is one of the shortest questionnaires in history and takes just 10 minutes to complete.
Every year, the federal government uses census data to distribute $400 billion dollars in funding for a variety of programs, including social and health services, roads and transportation, and education. Census results are also used by states, counties and other agencies to distribute funds according to where the need is the greatest.
As residents fill out the census form for everyone in their family, the City of Berkeley will gain a fair share of federal funds that it deserves for the next 10 years. In addition, the City will have a more accurate demographical representation of its diverse population.
Communities can also easily track their mail back rates. The Census Bureau’s Take 10 Challenge Map is accessible online at (http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/) for communities to track the percentage of households that have mailed back their census forms. As of today, Berkeley has a Mail Participation Rate (MPR) of 48%. Citywide, our goal is to “beat” our 2000 Census rate of 70%.
If you need help with your 2010 Census form, call the Census Bureau’s Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center at 1-866-872-6868. To find a Questionnaire Assistance Center and Be Counted Site nearest you, visit http://www.2010Census.gov/.
Filling out the form is easy and your information is confidential. Your participation is vital. Be Berkeleyan. Be counted. Complete and return your census form today!