Every ten years, mandated by the US Constitution and beginning in 1790, the US Census Bureau starts the next census. Census data are used for determining boundaries for state, local, and congressional districts as well as distribution of Federal funds for the next 10 years. Planners for new schools, public facilities, hospitals, malls, and highways use census results.
The census is a record of who lives in Colorado more than six months out of the year. No citizenship question is asked. By law the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s responses with anyone, including other federal agencies. The mail-in census form is so easy to complete —10 questions, 10 minutes. Households are asked to provide key demographic information including whether a housing unit is rented or owned, the address of the residence, names of household members, their gender, ages and races.
In this time of a state-wide budget crunch, an accurate count is so important to the whole state. Don’t let Colorado be under represented. Mail your census form on or before April 1.
Rose Mary Highman
President, League of Women Voters of Boulder County