5 Census Myths (Part 1)

Monday, March 01, 2010

The U.S. Census is coming, and it's time to clear up some common myths about the count. Demographer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, William Frey shares a new myth about the U.S. Census each day this week.

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April in NY from NY

INCORRECT CENSUS ADVICE previously posted by me. Census forms must be completed in their entirety.____________________________________

I apologize, but my State Representative sent out incorrect information about the 2010 Census. I've learned my lesson for not questioning the validity of the info. I just called my State Rep and her staff said they sent out 500 postcards to local votors saying they did not have to include anything on Census form except number of people in their households. This was wrong.

Everyone receiving the Census forms must complete them.

I apologize a 1000 times to all of you for not checking out this information first before passing it on. This is a lesson to me not to trust the mail my representatives send me-- even the one I had the greatest trust in.

My Reps office said to call the Census Bureau to fix any problems or to ask any questions. If you have to make any adjustments to forms already mailed in, call:

The Census Bureau toll free number is 1-866-872-6868. The Census Bureau address 1201 East 10 Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47132

Mar. 23 2010 05:35 PM
Monica from Stony Point, NY

With all the presumed work the Census Bureau has put into making the results of the Census as accurate as possible, I was incredibly disappointed that one change to the form did not happen.

I'm gratified that Latinos can identify themselves so specifically on the Census. But to then force us - it is required - to enter another answer for "race" ensures that your results will not be as accurate as they could be. I have heard an employee of the Census Bureau (probably appearing on this show) admit that Latinos often put "Other" for race and that the Bureau has not solved that "problem."

You can solve that problem by letting us enter our race as Latino and be done with it. I am not White, nor am I Black, or Native American. I am not Asian or Pacific Islander, either, but these ancestries are recognized as races for reasons that reach back to the 19th century.

It's time the Census Bureau came into the 21st century. I am Latino. But I can't enter that, because the Census does not recognize that as a race. Until they do, their records will be skewed, because so many like me will be entering "Other" under race come mid-March.

Mar. 01 2010 03:10 PM
hjs from 11211

have u heard this one?

RNC 'census' mailer draws fire

Mar. 01 2010 10:26 AM

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