From Harford County government:
(Bel Air, MD) – – Harford County Executive David R. Craig, joined by members of the Harford County Council and the Harford County Census 2010 Complete Count Committee, today announced the start of “U.S. Census 2010 – Harford Counts”. The “U.S. Census 2010 – Harford Counts” campaign is coordinated by the Department of Planning and Zoning.
“The census is critical to Harford County, the State of Maryland and our nation. The census is used to help determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as boundaries of legislative districts and much more,” County Executive Craig stated. “Obtaining a complete count of all the people living in Harford County is our goal,” Craig stated.The United States Constitution requires that every ten years a national census be tallied. The census is a count of everyone residing in the United States, including people of all ethnic groups both citizens and non-citizens.
Census questionnaires will be delivered or mailed by the U.S. Census Bureau to all households this month. Census workers will also visit households that do not return questionnaires. Census Day is April 1, 2010. Questionnaire responses should represent the household as it exists on that day. More detailed socioeconomic information will be collected annually from a small percentage of the population through the American Community Survey.
The 2010 Census is comprised of only 10 questions and is one of the shortest census questionnaires in history.
The U. S. Census Bureau is prohibited by law from sharing an individual’s census questionnaire responses with anyone – including other federal agencies and law enforcement officials.
Each year the federal government can allocate more than $400 billion to states and local communities based in part on census data. Additionally, census information helps determine the locations for schools, roads, child-care and senior centers and much more.
These improvements have a significant impact on the quality of life for a community.
“With the help of the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning and the Complete Count Committee, the U. S. Census Bureau has a far greater chance of obtaining an accurate count of people currently living in Harford County,” remarked County Executive Craig. “I encourage everyone to take time to participate and complete a 2010 census form to help ensure that “Harford Counts” in the U.S. Census for 2010,” Craig stated.
For more information regarding the “U.S. Census 2010 – Harford Counts” campaign, contact Daniel Rooney of the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning at 410-638-3103, Ext. 1374.