April 14, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

City Urges Citizens to Return Census Forms

The City of Springfield urges city residents to fill out and return their 2010 census forms. The U.S. Census Bureau is encouraging citizens to “March to the Mailbox” and return their forms by Friday, April 16. Households returning their forms after April 16 may still be visited by census workers, who begin going door-to-door to collect census responses on May 1.

Mailing the form back in time helps save taxpayer money because it keeps a census worker from coming to your residence. When the 10-question form is mailed back, it costs 42 cents in prepaid postage. When a Census worker visits, it costs an average of $56 per household. Accurately filling out the form helps ensure Springfield and Greene County get their fair share of the more than $400 billion in federal funds allocated to state and local governments annually. It also will help Missouri maintain its current number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov