Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Census?
The census is a count of everyone residing in the United States.
- Who must participate?
ALL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES must be counted — this includes people of all races and ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens, legal status and non-legal status.
- When are forms due?
April 1, 2010 is national “Census Day” and questionnaire responses represent the household as it exists on this day.
- Why participate?
The U.S. Constitution requires a national census ONLY once every ten (10) years, therefore it is crucial to get an accurate count due to its important role for the upcoming decade.
- How will I get the forms?
Census questionnaires will be delivered or mailed to every household via U.S. mail during March 2010.
- How long will it take to fill out?
On average, ten (10) questions will take ten (10) minutes to answer.
- What are the benefits to the Laotian community in the US?
The Census data shows state population counts, which determines representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- How does completing 2010 Census Form help the multi-ethnic Laotian American community?
An increase in the Laotian American headcount means more available funding, greater access to social services, and increases political awareness for the entire Lao community. A larger community exerts more influence on politicians and the public.