Thursday, March 4, 2010

2010 Census Delivered!

I'll admit it, I've been excited about getting the census form for 2010 and what questions would be asked of us.   Seems silly I know, but the thought of someone 100 years from now looking at my document thrills me. 

Earlier this week there was a knock on the door and a census worker dropped off a plastic bag containing the form with an envelope for its return.   I had previously thought that this would come in the mail.  

Following are the questions:

1.  How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment or mobile home on April 1, 2010?

2.  Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in question 1?

3.  Is this house, apartment, or mobile home -  (multiple choice answers here) 
  • Owned with mortgage?
  • Owned free and clear?
  • Rented?
  • Occupied without paying of rent?
4.  What is your telephone number?  We may call if we don't understand an answer.

5.  Please provide information for each person living here.  Start with a person living here who owns or rents this house, apartment or mobile home.  If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here.   This will be person 1.        
Last Name:
First Name:

6.  Sex

7.  Age on 04/01/2010 and date of birth

8.  Of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin? (For this census, Hispanic origins are not races) Multiple choice answers include:
  • No
  • Yes, Mexican, Mexican Am., Chicano
  • Yes, Puerto Rican
  • Yes, Cuban
  • Yes, another Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin - print origin below
9.  What is this person's race?  Multiple choice:
  • White
  • Black, African Am., or Negro
  • American Indian or Alaska Native - print name of enrolled or principle tribe below
  • Asian Indian
  • Chinese
  • Filipino
  • Other Asian (print below)
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese
  • Native Hawaiian
  • Guamanian or Chamorro
  • Samoan
  • Other Pacific Islander (Print below)
  • Some Other Race (print below)
10.  Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else? Yes or No, (if yes there are multiple choices such as college, nursing home, jail etc.)

All additional people in the home answer number 5-10 above and one additional question -

How is this person related to Person 1?
  • Husband or wife
  • Biological son or daughter
  • Adopted son or daughter
  • Stepson or stepdaughter
  • Brother or sister
  • Father or mother
  • Grandchild
  • Parent-in-law
  • Son-in-law or daughter-in-law
  • Other relative
  • Roomer or boarder
  • Housemate or roommate
  • Unmarried partner
  • Other nonrelative

So, there are no questions about where anyone was born, parents etc.    I wonder if they'd mind if we attached notes to our forms for our future genealogists who might view these later?


  1. I'm anxious to get mine too! I LOVE your idea about attaching other important information for those descendants who might have "inquiring minds".

  2. I am trying to figure whereabouts in the country you are located for the census worker to come to your house...

  3. Cheryl - I'm in the eastern pan handle of West Virginia and I was surprised to see her. I received something in the mail a week or so ago stating that we soon would receive our census form - I don't recall HOW we were to receive it according to this letter but assumed that it was coming by mail. If you weren't home, she simply left the bag on your doorknob. My guess is, if you don't send in the form she'll be back :-)

  4. I too am excited to get our 2010 census questionaire. I plan on making a copy for my files before sending it back in.

  5. Anonymous4/3/10

    The new issue of Family Tree Magazine arrived, reminding me about this. And I wondered, "Will they count us since we don't live in the country anymore?" LOL

    This is my first experience living overseas (husband is military), so I'm waiting to see if we will get the census!

  6. My census form was rubber-banded to my front door in a plastic bag. I was surprised to find it when I got home from work yesterday. I haven't opened it yet though. No questions about parents or birth locations? What are genealogists 40 years from now going to do???

  7. I think you're right, Cindy, she'll be back to see anyone who doesn't send theirs in.

    Michelle, I like your idea of keeping a copy!

    Jenna, I agree, this doesn't look like a mighty big help to future genie researchers! I think they must've been feelin' the burn from the last census, when they really screwed up, expecting some people to fill out the long invasive form and others to fill out the short invasive form! That must not've worked for 'em!