Posted by Lisbeth Whitney
Patchogue Rotarian, Geri Sheridan, was our guest speaker. She spoke about the US 2010 Census. The census counts everyone (both citizens and non citizens) residing in the US on April 1, 2010. The US constitution requires a national census once every 10 years to count the population and determine the number of seats each state will have in the US House of Representatives. The first census took place in 1790. The census data is very important because the federal government allocates more than $400 billion to states based on the informastion gathered. The data is used to determine locations for retail stores, schools, hospitals, new housing developments and community facilities as well as determining boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts.  The questionnaire has only 10 questions and takes only 10 minutes to complete. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share individual responses with anyone including other federal agencies or law enforcement agencies.  People interestd in being part of the census team should call 1-866-861-2010 or go to