FAQ Census

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is the Census?
    The census is a count of everyone residing in the United States.
  2. 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.
  3. When are forms due?
    April 1, 2010 is national “Census Day” and questionnaire responses represent the household as it exists on this day.
  4. 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.
  5. How will I get the forms?
    Census questionnaires will be delivered or mailed to every household via U.S. mail during March 2010.
  6. How long will it take to fill out?
    On average, ten (10) questions will take ten (10) minutes to answer.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.


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> Census 2010
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> Census 2010 in Lao
> Census 2010 Supporters
> Census 2010 Team
> Legal Perspectives
> Questionnaire Assistance Centers
> Count Every Lao
> Demographics
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