Now is the time to stand up and be counted. We as genealogy enthusiasts sometimes forget that the Census was not created just so that we could find our ancestors.
Census data affects more than $400 billion per year in federal funding for public health, transportation, school classrooms and teachers, libraries, water and sewer services, electric lines, natural gas service, computer broadband, roads and highways, fire and police protection--and much more. The head count alone determines the number of representatives your state will have to Congress, and that your local district will have in your state legislative bodies. If enough people in your area avoid the census, then you could lose representation in your government.
The census consists of 10 questions which will take you about 10 minutes. Census questionnaires will be delivered to each household in March. Between April and July 2010, Census takers will visit households that did not return the census form by mail. For more information and to see the questions go to http://2010.census.gov/