April 1 is National Census Day. The US census takes place every ten years and is mandated by the US Constitution. The first census was conducted in 1790 under the direction of then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.
The population count of everyone living in the United States is used to apportion seats in the US House of Representatives. Because many state and federal programs are funded based on the Census's population totals, it's important that every resident in Waterford is counted. Returning Census forms in a timely fashion also helps to save tax dollars. Each completed form returned is one less household that Census workers will have to visit later this year.
If you have lost or misplaced your Census form, call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center at 1-866-872-6868. (If you prefer a Spanish-speaking operator, then dial 1-866-928-2010.) The lines are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week from February 25, 2010 through July 31, 2010. For the hearing impaired, TDD 1-866-783-2010.