Time to Answer and Return Census Forms
In March of 2010, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Census Bureau is asking governments to encourage residents to answer the ten short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided. If a household does not mail the form back, a census taker will have to personally visit and ask questions from the form. The federal government saves money if more people simply fill out the form and return it by mail.
The majority of the country will receive English-only materials. Households in areas with high concentrations of Spanish-speaking residents may receive a bilingual (English/Spanish) form. Any personal data provided is protected under federal law.