hand holding a pen filling out a formI got mine, did you get yours? It’s March and the Census Bureau is in full gear making sure census forms are delivered to every home in the United States and Puerto Rico. The good news is that it’s easy – when you get your form, just answer the 10 questions and mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope they provide (the form cannot be completed online). It only took me a couple of minutes to complete mine.

If you don’t mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form.  I don’t like random visitors to bother me at home, so I filled out the form and sent it back last week.

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. Each question helps to determine how more than $400 billion will be allocated to communities across the country. That’s a lot of money – so make sure that your local hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, emergency services, and bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects get their fair share.

Do your part and fill out the official forms, and stay alert to avoid the census scammers.

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