Make Business Sense of the Census

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Welcome Express, Inc.

Orange County business owners, have you received your Census questionnaire yet?  It shouldn't be long now until you can take part in this historic event and be counted.  Make your voice heard!

The U.S. Constitution requires a national census every 10 years and has been conducted each decade since 1790.  It includes everyone living in the United States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.  All people, all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens participate.  Hundreds of thousands of temporary jobs are created across the nation.

Now, as a business owner, how does the census affect you?  The data obtained by the census guides local decision makers such as your city council.  It enables them to make sound decisions as to where to build new roads, hospitals, schools, etc.  Robert M. Groves, Director of the United States Census Bureau, states, "Just like we can't survive without roads and bridges, the country doesn't function well without an updated Census to distribute funds to areas that most need them and to support community decisions about their own future."  Businesses can use census data to locate supermarkets, shopping centers, new housing, and other neighborhood services.  Knowing your community will assist you in making sound decisions on how to meet the needs of your customers.
 
So when you receive your questionnaire, take the time to complete it in a timely fashion.  Don't worry about sharing personal information as the Census Bureau ensures that they don't release or share information that identifies individual respondents or their households.  And while important at the local level or for the local business owner, the census data also determines how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.  For more information on the U.S. Census, visit www.census.gov/2010census

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