OUR VIEW: Fill out the Census and be counted

You've seen the commercials and received the letter telling you it was on the way. Now it's time to fill out your 2010 U.S. Census form.

The forms are due by Thursday, and households not returning them can plan on home visits from official census takers. The Census Bureau says $85 million in taxpayer money is saved for every percentage-point increase in the national mail participation rate, but there are also major ramifications to the county and state in making sure you are counted.

By simply answering the 10 questions asked on the form, you can help decide how the federal government disperses funds emergency services as well as money for roads and bridges.

The census is taken every 10 years, and a lot can change in that time. Gwinnett's population was 588,488 in 2000, but a recent estimate puts that number at 808,167. And that number is 18,000 more than what was recorded in 2008.

For an investment of 10 minutes of your time, you can complete the required form and help your county and state at the same time. You can and should be counted. Sending in your census form ensures you will.

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