Post # 1
Does anyone know whether my parents (i.e. my permanent address) need to include me on their census forms? Or if there is a separate form for American expats living abroad on April 1, 2010?
I know it’s a little thing, but I love stuff like the census and want to do my part to ensure accuracy. 🙂
Also, just a quick reminder to send in your form – I just read that they spend $57/household for those who don’t send it in – and an average of 1/3 of all Americans don’t send it back in!
Assuming our national population is just over 300,000,000 people (roughly), that’s $5,700,000,000 of taxpayer dollars going to follow up on the people who don’t take the time to fill it out and drop it back in the mail! CRAZY!!!
[actually, someone double check my math… I’m not so good with numbers]
Post # 3
I voted yep, BUT I still haven’t sent it and don’t know where it is at the moment (although I think I could find it pretty quickly). I totally did it the second I checked the mail, but I don’t know our roommate’s birthdate, so I couldn’t finish.
I’m impossible! But I will definitely send it in.
Post # 4
Did it! I secretly love forms, so was thrilled to do so 🙂
As for your question: I think I’d have your parents count you. I mean, you seem to consider it your permanent residence, and that’s what they’re after.
Post # 5
My husband and I filled out the census form and returned it like two or three days after we got it =)
But to answer your question about whether Americans living abroad are counted, I searched in the census website and found this PDF file:
The relevant question is in page 5:
21. Do we count Americans living abroad?
Yes, in some cases. The 2010 Census counts will include federal employees (military and civilian) and their dependents living overseas with them that can be assigned to a home state.These data are provided to the Census Bureau by the employing federal departments and agencies through their administrative records. However, private U.S. citizens living abroad who are not affiliated with the federal government (either as employees or their dependents) will not be included in the overseas counts. These overseas counts are used solely for reapportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Then there’s another PDF file regarding students:
This one includes the following info at the end of the second page:
Studying abroad for part of the year?
Census Day is April 1, 2010. Questionnaire responses should represent your household as it exists on this day. Thus, if you are living and studying abroad on April 1, 2010, you will not be counted in the census. Conversely, if you live and study abroad during part of the year but are living in the U.S. on April 1, 2010, you will be counted in the census.
That’s pretty much all the info I could find about Americans living abroad.
Post # 6
I filled mine out right away! I don’t want the census taker coming and knocking down my door.
Post # 7
I voted other b/c we moved into our new house right around the time they were mailed out and we never got a form! I was very excited to fill out a census about our house too!
Post # 8
I’m a form geek too. I filled it out right away and stuck it in the mail. My husband thought I was so weird.
Post # 9
i filled mine out right away, and then realized that for accuracy, neither my fi or i would actually be in our homes on april 1st! we will be in our car somewhere between texas and arizona! haha! since we live in different states, we both just put ourselves down on our forms, that way we are each only counted once!
according to azula’s census finds, it kinda sounds like you won’t get counted because you won’t be IN the US on april 1. : /
im so excited to see what the number will be! i think in 2006 it was right around 330,000,000! (that what i remember, i might be wrong!)
also, @daydream i can’t believe it costs that much to go after the people that don’t do their forms! crazy!
Post # 10
I couldn’t answer your question about if your parents should include you…not sure about that. Me and my fiance filled ours out right away!
Post # 11
We filled ours out.. It was kind of disappointing! I thought it was going to be 10 pages of detailed questions that I’d get to answer. Instead it took like 5 minutes.
Post # 12
i sent mine in after a few modifications to it – i was none to happy about question 9. those of yall who saw it know what i am talking about…
Post # 13
I filled mine out the day we received them and sent it back the day after. I definitely did not want anyone knocking on our door or giving us a call.
Post # 14
@spaganya I really don’t understand the fuss about question 9.
They’ve been documenting race on the census since over 100 years ago. (see: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/1860_census_Street.gif) This data is invaluable for genealogists.
Post # 15
@daydreamwanderer – Your math is correct. My fiance worked on the ads for the Census campaign and for every 1% of the population that doesn’t get turned in, it costs $100 million taxpayer dollars. So turn in those forms! (Although I’m pleased that most of the bees here already have 🙂
Post # 16
@daydream – do you live at home with your parents? If so, then yes they include you. If not, and you received your own form, then you fill your own out.
The important thing is to get an accurate count. You don’t want to be counted twice!