January 2010  
United States Census 2010

It’s Important.  It’s Easy.  It’s Confidential.

The United States Constitution requires a census every 10 years to determine how many people reside in the country. The government uses the census for apportioning representation and distributing funds.

This March, every household in the country will receive a census questionnaire. To ensure an accurate and fair count of all populations in the nation, the Census Bureau needs you or someone in your household to respond to the census questionnaire.
It’s Important. Besides determining boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts, the 2010 Census will help communities receive their fair share of federal funds per year for things like:
  Job training centers
  Senior centers
  Bridges, tunnels and other public works projects
  Emergency services

It’s Easy. With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and return by postage-paid mail. Households are asked to provide key demographic information, including: whether your housing unit is rented or owned; the address of the residence; and the names, genders, ages and races of those living in the household. You can preview the 10-question form by clicking here.
More detailed socioeconomic information previously collected through the decennial census will be asked of a small percentage of the population through the annual American Community Survey. To learn more about the American Community Survey, visit www.census.gov/acs/www/.
If you don’t mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form. The census taker will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. You will be asked only the questions on the census form.
The Census Bureau will not contact you by e-mail, nor can the form be filled out online.
It’s Confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees have taken an oath to protect confidentiality and are subject to a jail term, a fine, or both for disclosing any information that could identify a respondent or household.
It is a federal offense for anyone to pretend to represent the Census Bureau. Before your household receives a mailed form, a phone call, or a visit from the Census Bureau, you will be given a few days’ notice with a letter from the Census Bureau Director.
The census is like a snapshot that helps define who we are as a nation. Data about changes in Harris County are crucial to the many planning decisions that will affect everyday life for each of us in the coming decade.
For a Harris County fact sheet taken from the last census, click here.

Participation isn't just important—it's mandatory.
February – March 2010
March – April 2010
April 1, 2010
Census questionnaires are mailed or delivered to households. Be Counted program is implemented. Census questionnaires are available at select public sites for individuals who did not receive one by mail.
May – July 2010 Dec. 31, 2010 March 2011
Census takers visit households that did not return a questionnaire by mail. By law, the Census Bureau delivers population counts to the President.
By law, the Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states.

Photographs and Information by the U.S. Census Bureau,
Public Information Office, and the Census Bureau Web site, www.census.gov.


2nd Annual Harris County
International Trade & Transportation Conference

Harris County is hosting the 2nd Annual International Trade and Transportation Conference at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel on January 24-26.
The first year’s conference in 2009 focused on our neighbor and economic partner, Mexico. The 2010 conference will highlight Brazil, a natural trading partner with Harris County. A country headed for the top tier among global economies, Brazil’s $1.3 trillion economy is bigger than those of India and Russia, and its per-capita income is nearly twice that of China.
With the Texas Gulf Coast poised to become the “gateway to North America,” Harris County, the third largest county in the United States, is looking – along with its surrounding counties – to take steps now to prepare. The Port of Houston and other Texas ports will need efficient transportation and adequate infrastructure to meet the growing demands. In addition to building infrastructure and improving the overall transportation network, our region must build relationships with current and future trading partners.
This conference is geared for those with a specific interest in trade with Brazil, the future of our region, or a general interest in international transportation and logistics. Click here for a look at the conference agenda.