10. A decennial census is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution and modified by the 14th Amendment.
9. The population of the country figures into redistricting for legislative representation.
8. There are several places that offer help in filling out census forms: Saint Nicholas Catholic Church, 806 Ridge Ave.; Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St.; Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.; Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.; and the U.S. Veteran’s Center, 565 Howard St.
7. Even without help, it is easy to fill out the forms.
6. Evanston has a main post office and two satellite post offices and mailboxes on many street corners – plenty of opportunities for mailing the nearly 33 percent of the census forms – representing about 25, 638 residents – sent to Evanston addresses that have yet to be returned.
5. Based on 2008 projections, the population of Evanston in the current census would be 77,693.
4. For every 1,000 people not counted in the census, the City could miss out on $1 million per year.
3. If everyone is counted and if the projection of the current population of Evanston – 77,693 persons – is correct, the City would receive about $76 million per year, directly and indirectly, each year between 2011 and 2022.
2. The questions are not nearly as intrusive as you might fear they are, and all information is strictly confidential.
1. Count it up.
The City estimates that federal and state governments distribute about $980 per resident per year. That means each individual who fails to respond could cost Evanston $10,000 in the next decade. Filling out the census form is less painful than making out a check for higher property taxes and other taxes and fees.
Forms are due April 16.