It's hard to ignore the public relations blitz underway trying to convince us all to send back our census forms. Unfortunately, many have not complied as of today, April 1st--National Census Day. Early reports indicate Chicago has one of the worst response rates in the nation. So, if you have not sent in your form, don't delay.
Every ten years since 1790, the federal government has conducted a head count of its population as required by the United States Constitution. This year, the form has been simplified; every residence will receive the same basic 10-question-long form to complete. More detailed socioeconomic information previously collected through the decennial census will be asked of a random population sample through the annual American Community Survey.
Important: Students living away at school should not be counted on their parents' census questionnaire. Instead, a personal census report will be distributed in campus dormitories during the months of April and May.