Understanding the Census Form
Click HERE to see the instructions for the Census form in traditional chinese (中文)
- This question to get an accurate count of the number of people in the household on Census Day, April 10, 2010. This information is used to ensure accuracy and completeness.
- This question has appeared on census forms since 1880. This is used to help identify people who may have been excluded in the count provided on question 1.
- The data gathered with this question is used to administer housing programs and to inform planning decisions.
- The Census Bureau asks for a phone number in case they need to contact you if a form is returned incomplete or with missing information. As always, this number as well as the rest of the information on the form is kept confidential and protected by federal law.
- Listing the name of each person in the household is a way of including all members of the household. This information is also requested if additional information may be obtained to complete the census form. As always, the names as well as the rest of the information on the form is kept confidential and protected by federal law.
- Due to the fact that many federal programs must differentiate between males and females for funding, this question serves to support laws that promote equal employment opportunities.
- The date of birth (DOB) of respondents is used to forecast social and economic characteristics including predicting the number of people that will be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits.
- This is a question on the census for Latinos. By identifying as Hispanic, Latino or of Hispanic origin, data is used to fund state and local governments for special programs such as bilingual education.
- This is the most important question for the Taiwanese Community. Race is used to implement many federal laws such as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. It is used to map out congressional districts, and also used to assess the fairness of employment practices, monitor racial disparities in health and education, and plan accordingly. It’s important to understand that the Census will count Taiwanese, by someone checking “Other Asian” and writing in “Taiwanese.” But however you may self-identify, you can add additional racial data here, by checking all boxes that apply to you. You can check multiple boxes or one box. For example, if you identify as Japanese Taiwanese, you can check “Japanese” and also check “Other Asian” and write in “Taiwanese.”
- This question is asked in order to ensure accuracy so that no one has been counted twice.