Today, April 1, is Census Day – the day set aside as the guideline day for census questionnaires. As students fill out their questionnaires, it is important to keep in mind that questionnaire responses should represent the household as it exists on this day. The Colorado State University community is urged to complete and return the 2010 census questionnaire within the next couple of weeks.
On campus, census takers are coordinating with CSU’s Housing and Dining Services to distribute and collect these questionnaires. Residence Hall advisors are holding floor meeting across campus to assist residence hall students in completing and returning their census forms.
For questions about the census at CSU’s residence halls, please contact Mari Strombom at (970) 491-4748 or Mari.Strombom@colostate.edu.
Taken every 10 years, the census affects political representation and directs the allocation of billions of dollars in government funding, some of which will directly benefit Fort Collins.
A Complete Count: The Importance of Census Data to CSU Students and Employees
Every year, billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to states and communities based on census data. Census data affect college tuition grant and loan programs.
Census data affect and inform:
• Funding for critical services in your academic community, like transportation, public safety, medical care and road repairs.
• Supporting important research done by college faculty, students, librarians and community leaders.
• Your voice in Congress, as well as the redistricting of state legislatures and local voting districts.
2010 Census Questionnaire: Easy, Important, and Safe
The 2010 Census questionnaire is one of the shortest questionnaires in history and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s census questionnaire responses with anyone, including other governmental agencies, courts and law enforcement entities.
The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years to update state population counts and to determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.