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Be Counted In The 2010 Census

Mayor Bill Pinkham proclaims the Town’s support of the Census at the February 23 Town Board Meeting. Photo courtesy Town of Estes Park

It’s simple, safe and important.

On March 1, Census workers began delivering questionnaires to addresses in the Estes Valley and surrounding areas to update the location information and leave a questionnaire with the resident or hang it on the door. Responding immediately to the 2010 Census form is the most efficient way to complete the census. A self-addressed postage-paid envelope is provided with the form. Census workers will visit households that do not return the forms to take a count in person.

The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest forms in history and takes about ten minutes to complete. Households are asked to indicate: whether a housing unit is rented or owned; the address of the residence; and the names, genders, ages, races and relationships of others living in the household.

If you don’t find a form at your front door within the next couple of weeks, they will also be available by calling 1-866-872-6868. Spanish-language questionnaires may be requested by calling 1-866-928-2010 (as noted on each questionnaire). Census assistance is available at the Estes Valley Library.  Call 970-586-8116 for details.

By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

The 2010 Census will document the changes in our nation since the last decennial census in 2000, and tell us how we’ve evolved as a country. And, because census data affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state and local governments, the census also will frame the future of our country for the next 10 years. It is vital that everyone in the United States be counted in 2010.

Census forms do not ask for money or bank account information, and Census workers will never ask to enter a home. Residents who would like to verify the census worker’s identity or verify the legitimacy of a form may call the Denver Regional Census office at 1-800-852-6159. Citizens are asked be beware of unrelated mailings that mimic the Census and ask for donations.

The Town of Estes Park is a 2010 Census Partner committed to supporting the Census Bureau’s goal of achieving a complete count. For more information from the Town, please contact the Public Information Office at 970-577-3701. For information on the Census, please visit www.2010.census.gov.

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