Deadline To Mail Back U.S. Census
Today is the deadline to mail back U.S. Census forms to avoid a knock on the door by census workers later this month.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 35 percent of Harris County residents have completed and mailed back their forms, putting the county behind the national and Texas participation rates of 46 percent and 39 percent, respectively.
The state and federal government uses the U.S. Census to allocate funding for education, transportation and infrastructure, social services, healthcare and more. Population changes determine how many U.S. Congress Members an area receives — the 2010 count could add one member for the Harris County area. Texas leaders will use the census to redraw congressional and state legislative districts.
Harris County will analyze the 2010 census data to allocate funding for social services in the county, determine future transportation needs, and determine where to build new community centers, schools and other public buildings. School district boundaries could also be redrawn based on population changes.
Any households that do not mail back their forms can expect census workers to come door-to-door starting April 15, collecting answers for the 10 questions on the forms.