Every ten years the US federal government is required to count every man woman and child in the country. Not surprisingly, the census is a massive undertaking requiring the work of more than a million people to accurately count the hundreds of millions of people living in the country. Contrary to the myths, participation in the census is extremely safe and easy, and Better Business Bureau encourages everyone to take a few minutes to fill out their census form when it arrives in the mail in March.
According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 12 percent of US residents said they weren’t sure if they would fill out their census form and 6 percent said that it was unlikely, or that they definitely would not return the form. The main reason respondents gave for not returning the form was that they were just too busy, not interested or uninformed. However, a quarter of respondents said they didn’t trust the government.
“Some myths are floating around that are leading people to believe that the census is inconvenient or unsafe, but the opposite is true,” said Alison Southwick, BBB spokesperson. “Not only has the Census Bureau made safety and ease a priority, it’s also in the public’s best interest to respond to the census because it will help the individual’s voice be heard.”
In order to dispel some myths surrounding the census, BBB offers up five reasons why everyone should participate:
For more advice on filling out your census form and identifying a census employee, visit www.2010census.gov.