Census questionnaires are in mail this week

Bureau urges residents to complete form, send it back to save cost of personal interview

Households throughout the Bay Area can expect to receive questionnaires for the 2010 census this week.

Residents are urged to mail the forms back as soon as possible to prevent census takers from having to go door-to-door, which will save millions of taxpayer dollars, according to census officials.

The government pays 44 cents for a postage page envelope when a household mails back the 10-question census form, but it costs the Census Bureau $57 to send a census taker door-to-door to follow up with each household that doesn't respond, census officials said.

The census takes place April 1. Census data determines boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts.

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Posted by PW Reader
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm

The above website,, is incorrect and takes you to a commercial site. For the REAL census site, see
Web Link

Please also note that each household needs to fill out the census and send it back. Not just congressional districts are determined by the census, but many governmental programs are funded and directed by census data. Federal, state, county, and city programs are all directly affected by the data taken from the census. Schools, senior services, hospitals and clinics--almost everything is touched by data gathered by the census. Government grants, research funding, and much more are a result of the census.

If you do not fill out and return the census form, you are doing youself and the community a disservice. Please do not try to "hide" from the government by not cooperating. Respondents are required by law to fill out the form to the best of their ability.

And to the person who decided to forward her census to me (I have my own to fill out, thank you) to avoid the census, please read the important information on the census website and call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center at 1-866-872-6868.

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Posted by Emily West
Features Editor
on Mar 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Emily West is a registered user.

Thanks for the catch, I'll fix the link in the story. The link works, just not .com.

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Posted by Archstone Hacienda Apts Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I live in the Archstone Hacienda Apartments community. As of 4/1/2010 I still have not received my 2010 Census form. Who can I contact to have one sent to me. I haven't checked with my neighbors yet, but did they miss this entire apartment complex?

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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Check out the web link in PW Reader's post above. There's a link in the section titled "Didn't receive a form?" that gives you a toll free number to call if you haven't received your form by April 12th.

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