Most people know that the federal government conducts a nation-wide Census every 10 years. However, many people are not aware that accurate Census data impacts the number of seats their state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives and affects how more than 400 billion dollars in federal funds are distributed each year. Those funds help pay for such things as public education, road repair and construction, public transportation, programs for the elderly and emergency food and shelter. In fact, for each citizen who mails back a Census form, their town or city receives approximately $175 dollars a year for needed community services (that’s $75,000 for just 600 people).
The next U.S. Census is set to be mailed out to households across the country in March of 2010. The 2010 Census is one of the shortest forms in history. It asks 10 questions and only takes about 10 minutes to complete. Make sure you are counted!
If you did not receive a form or need assistance filling out your Census form, Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QACs) will be available at the following locations through April 19th.
1. Wendell Community Center
- Monday – Friday 12:00 - 3:00
2. Eastern Wake Senior Center
- Monday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
- Wednesday 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
- Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
3. Wendell Branch Library
- Monday 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
- Friday 12:00 – 6:00 p.m
- Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Forms were mailed out to homes across the country in mid-march. If you have not received a form, please visit one of your local Questionnaire Assistance Centers listed above to pick one up. If you need any further assistance, please contact Planner David Bergmark at 919-365-4448.