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Libraries to Partner in Census 2010

Once every ten years since 1790, the people of the Unites States have been asked to tell the government where they are.
On April 1, 2010, they will be asked again as the nation takes part in Census 2010, the national census. Libraries across Minnesota are partnering with Census 2010 planners to ensure that people have the information they need to complete their census forms correctly.
Completing the census has a profound effect on government, and getting it right is important to how the federal, state and local governments plan to fund and provide services. Census data helps to determine how more than $400 billion of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services like job training centers, schools, bridges, tunnels and other public works projects.
That’s why libraries will assist the census bureau in informing the public about their responsibility to provide the information requested. Census bureau staff plan to be at all 32 Great River Regional Library branches in the final week of March so they can provide information and answer questions.
The 2010 form has just ten questions which will establish how many people are staying at an address, home ownership patterns, and the race and gender of the head of household. Census 2010 staff estimate it will take only ten minutes to complete.
More census information will be available at your library as the census gets nearer.