The Census Is Coming, the Census Is Coming!

Posted: March 26, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: March 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

While many people have already received their census forms in the mail at their homes, the student population has not. However, forms will be distributed on campus to resident students and collected during the week of April 4.

Contrary to what you may think, resident students are not counted at their permanent (home) residences, but rather where they are living as of April 1, 2010.

The form asks just 10 basic questions.

According to the Census Bureau, among many other things census data is used to

  • apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • advocate for causes
  • rescue disaster victims
  • prevent diseases
  • research markets
  • locate pools of skilled workers

The data is also used to decide how more than $400 billion per year is allocated for projects like new hospitals, schools, job training centers, senior centers, bridges, tunnels, public works projects and emergency services.

Census data is important to Mason, not only for student and faculty research purposes, but also for representation in the Virginia General Assembly.

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