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Why Census Takers Ask Those Nosy Questions and Why Your Answers Matter

C. E. Clark has been a student of how U.S. government works since she was just 13 years old,, and a political junkie for more than 35 years.

Most people are aware that our Constitution calls for a census every 10 years. The purpose of the census is not only to count all the people living in this country, whether citizens or not, but to find out important information about the people who populate this country as well.

Yes, I have heard all the conspiracy theories about why our government is asking so many nosy questions. I will not go into all the many fears that people have expressed to me over the years about why they believe our government is asking so many questions because that would not be an article, but a novel, all by itself. From my background in psychology, I can only say that there are a lot of people in this country who seem to be paranoid for no reason. If they understood how our government works, they would see how unreasonable and unwarranted their fears are.


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Local, State, and Federal Services Are Based On the Census

Our government provides many services and public assistance programs to everyone who lives here. Yes, even the wealthy benefit from some of them -- bet that never crossed most people’s minds. Wealthy people and poor people and everyone in between depend on our highway system. People from all socioeconomic levels are affected by the public assistance and government programs available, whether or not they actually take personal advantage of them.

Plans and decisions on everything are based on the Census. Where to build a water treatment plant, where to build an electricity sub-station, and how big each one of these plants should be. Is more low-income housing needed, and if so, where should it be built? How many new streets and highways are needed and where? Is the current public transportation system adequately serving the community? How soon will it be necessary to expand the community education system to accommodate the many young children in the community? Where should new schools be built?

The answers to all of these questions are dependent on the Census to help get the answers. How people answer all those nosy questions will help city planners and officials determine what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and where it needs to be done. The Census will help determine how much money must be raised and how soon must it be raised in order to serve all of these different needs in the community.

Private Industry Expansion Plans and Business Decisions Are Often Based On the Census too

Results of the Census are used by the states and your local community even more than by the federal government. Census results are available to private industry as well. Whether you get a new industrial park that will create thousands of jobs is often dependent on census results.

The decision about whether to build another Papa John’s Pizza restaurant in your neighborhood is often decided according to Census statistics stating how many people are in your immediate neighborhood and what socioeconomic group they belong to.

Census results tell private and public employers alike where the population is and what the educational level of that population is, and many other details that help them determine where to make their investments.

The Federal Government uses the Census to help determine federal subsidies for a multitude of services people from all socioeconomic groups need – clean air, clean water, transportation, healthcare, education, and assistance for low-income people. These are just a few things most people do not stop and think about when they think of services provided by their communities that are planned and carried out as a result of Census results.

Decisions about if and where to build a senior citizen’s Center, a daycare center, a hospital, some fast food restaurants, or a mall, are often made based on Census results.

The answers you give to those nosy questions Census takers ask will almost certainly determine whether your child attends an overcrowded school or a modern spacious school, whether you can find a better paying job or if you will get stuck in a low-pay dead end job, and whether or not an airport expansion or industrial complex will grow up in your back yard. Census results affect a lot of things in our environment and in our lives. That is why it is so important to answer Census taker’s questions and to answer them honestly.

Your Answers to Those Nosy Question Have Long Reaching Consequences

Another big issue that Census results determine is whether or not YOU get representation at both your state and federal levels of government. If you lie to Census takers about how many people live in your household, those other members will not be counted when it is time to determine if there are enough representatives in your state to take into consideration everyone’s needs.

If everyone lies by failing to report to the census taker that 2 or 3 or 5 people are living in their household, that can add up pretty quickly. If officials are not aware of all these people, no representation will be provided for them.

The year after the census is taken and the results of all the counting and all the answers to the nosy questions have been processed, a determination is made in every state as to whether or not there is sufficient representation for all citizens living there. Should there be more representatives, or fewer? Or is it satisfactory as is?

After the 2010 census was taken several states actually lost representatives while a few other states got additional representatives. I took my statistics from Gallup.

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States That Lost Seats In the House of Representatives

New York -- lost 2 seats

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Ohio -- lost 2 seats

Pennsylvania – lost 1 seat

Louisiana -- 1

Michigan -- 1

New Jersey -- 1

Missouri -- 1

Iowa -- 1

Illinois -- 1

Massachusetts – 1

States That Gained Seats In the House of Representatives

Texas – 4

Florida – 2

Utah – 1

Georgia – 1

Nevada – 1

Arizona – 1

Washington – 1

North Carolina – 1

According to Gallup, both the seats lost and the seats gained in the reapportionment will have the most negative effect on the Democratic Party.

Informing People About the Importance Of the Census

This hub is not for the purpose of debating political issues, but with the intent of educating people who may not understand the purpose of the Census and why it is so important that everyone participate in it.

Participating in the Census by being counted and answering the nosy questions is your best opportunity to have your political voice heard at every level of government, and it is your best chance of having services that you need made available to you.

The following video explains why it is important for all people to be counted in the Census. This video is directing information to the Hispanic community, including Mexicans who are here illegally.

However, this same information applies to everyone, because not only representation at the local, county, school district, state and federal government levels are at stake, but also Federal tax dollars are distributed to states, counties, cities, and small towns according the Census statistics. Not being counted can mean your community, or you and/or your family, are missing out on your share.

Who Knew That Even Car Insurance Premiums Can Be Based On the Census?

© 2012 C E Clark


Robert Sacchi on October 21, 2017:

Yes, in this case the best advice is probably the same as boxing referees give, "protect yourself at all times."

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 21, 2017:

In the case of the Texas law they are trying to deal with rape of minor girls which is a huge problem here, but unfortunately there is no solution when 3 or more years separate a dating couple.

I had several classmates who were involved with older men when we were all in high school, and they married these guys after they graduated. My best girlfriend was engaged to a man 14 years her senior and they married when she was just 17. They're still married today almost 50 years later. Other classmates married men 5 to 10 years older than themselves and to my knowledge also remain married to these dame men after all these years. Being married to people several years older or younger really isn't that rare, so I think exceptions need to be made when it's an actual relationship, not date rape or stranger rape.

It's also a weapon that some parents use unfortunately, because they may not approve of their daughter's choice.

If everyone would just do the right thing, we wouldn't need regulations of any kind. Unfortunately a lot of people do whatever they must to get our money regardless of the consequences others will shoulder, so there will always be some negative effects for some people with any regulation or law.

Thank you Robert, for your thoughtful comments.

Robert Sacchi on October 15, 2017:

There is the problem of society mores changing faster than the laws. It does seem the law has to move slower otherwise we would be changing the laws every other month it seems. There is also the reality of people of one generation making laws for people of another generation. It is also a question of should these kind of laws be state, federal, or local. Often times what is strange in urban areas might be normal in rural areas. One could see why a lawmaker wouldn't want to touch that law. A lawmaker votes on this kind of law is up for election. The commercial could be a young girl with an old guy and the narrator saying this person voted to allow this. Another commercial could be the picture of a young man with the narrator stating he is serving a long prison sentence because his girlfriend was 2 years younger than him and this person voted to allow this. There are other issues that have similar problems. Savvy politicians usually decide they have more important issues they can deal with.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 14, 2017:

Robert Sacchi, thank you for your continued interest in this issue. Since you asked about the Romeo and Juliet law we have here in Texas, I researched it to see when it was modified and discovered it never was! It still stands as it was originally and that is unfortunate I think. Those fiancés who went to prison for having premarital sex are still doing time.

Yes, I agree getting it just right is the ideal, but we are dealing with humans and so far as I can determine, nothing is ideal as a result. You would think they could do a little better and make modifications when a fault is discovered, but I guess not. Sometimes I wonder, does anybody know what they're doing? The current U.S. Congress really leaves a lot to be desired, and I include all of them when I say that, regardless of Party.

Robert Sacchi on October 07, 2017:

Yes, regulations are necessary. The trick is not to overregulate or underregulate. As I understand it the less than 3 years older is nicknamed the Romeo and Juliet law. These Romeo and Juliet laws were made to address previous laws where when someone hit their 18th birthday could have an ongoing relationship that made them a felon. Without getting into the right or wrong of the law it does serve as an example of questions to ask when trying to make laws or regulations: How long did it take to "correct" the initial law? Did the "correction" not go far enough and the law needs further "correction"? Is the "correction" on balance a bad move so it was better to leave well enough alone?

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 07, 2017:

Any time regulations or laws are passed there may be unintended consequences. Take for example the law that sex with a girl under 17 constitutes rape if the man involved is 3 or more years older than she is (TX). Sometimes a girl's fiancé is 3 or more years older.

Yes, engagements still exist between young women only 16-17 years of age, and men 20 or older. It's easy then, for the father of the girl (or anyone who dislikes the man involved for any reason) to turn him in and send him to jail (in Texas for 20 years or more) because when the law was first enacted it didn't make allowance for the possibility that it was sex in a serious relationship that was intended to lead to marriage when both partners were old enough. I don't know if this unintended consequence has been corrected or not, but I do know that a lot of men went to jail instead of to the alter for a few years back in the 90s.

Even so, we cannot NOT have laws and regulation because sometimes unintended consequences result. We cannot have no laws regarding forced sex, or sex with people unable to give legal consent just because some part of a law may sometimes be overlooked and cause problems. In fact, having no laws regarding sex with a person unable to give legal consent could cause even more problems, since people unable to give legal consent include people from age zero to 17, people with mental illnesses, people mentally challenged, people inebriated or otherwise impaired due to substances imbibed. Yet with no laws regarding this, all of these people would become easy prey to sex predators.

So we need to have regulations and laws because unfortunately, there is more than one person out there just waiting to take advantage of unprotected people. Even just one such person would upset the apple cart, but there are in fact, many. That has been true for decades if not longer. Sometimes people are inconvenienced by unintended consequences, like the young men who are possibly still serving time for having sex with their fiancés who were more than 3 years younger than themselves. It is unfortunate, and I would hope those wrongs would have been righted, but having no laws regarding sex with minor girls would be far worse (just my opinion) than a double handful of men going to jail for a while.

It's possible lawyers will get these men out of jail, but once a little child is raped, or for that matter, any person is raped, it does irreparable harm. Better to address the greater evil IMHO and then do tweeks if necessary to avoid as much as possible, unintended consequences.

Sadly, humans are not perfect and so our regulations and laws are sometimes less than ideal. We must have laws and so the best we can do is correct the wrongs as quickly as possible when they occur.

Believe me, if your 3-year old child were being raped repeatedly because there was no law against it and no recourse for what was happening to him or her, you'd really be screaming bloody murder -- not just a serious but respectful objection to unintended consequences.

Robert Sacchi on September 29, 2017:

There are also unintended consequences of regulations. Penalizing the whole barrel because of one bad apple can also have serious consequences.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 29, 2017:

Unfortunately, I think regulation is often necessary because it only takes one person to look out for themselves at the expense of everyone and everything else, and do something horrible that will effect the environment and therefore everyone's health/safety for decades to come.

One rotten apple in the barrel can do untold damage. Because of that one apple, regulations on all the apples must be put in place, because you never know which apple will turn rotten. That is the reason for many of the rules and regulations in any situation. There is always at least one who will spoil it for everyone else, sometimes more than one. So regulations must be adopted before something that will ruin things forever is undertaken by one or more of the greedy, selfish players.

Robert Sacchi on September 22, 2017:

In 1979 I did a term paper on the energy crisis. In doing the research I concluded we weren't going to run out of energy and the best thing the government can do is keep its hands off. Energy has many natural controls in it. I get the impression the same is true of other sectors. The problem with the government getting involved is unintended consequences. The idea of the government not being involved is a pipe dream since the government rarely stays out of things.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 22, 2017:

Robert, back in the 80s when Reagan was president, he made tax credits or something available to builders who built commercial buildings, and so strip shopping centers and office buildings were going up like crazy here where I live, but many sat empty for a long, long time, because commercial buildings were over built and the need for them wasn't nearly as great as their abundance.

Of course Reagan trippled the national debt and no doubt the overbuilding of commercial buildings without a purpose played a part in that.

Taxes will never be simplified, nor should they be, but the reason isn't fairness, but rather because they are a means of encouraging or discouraging certain behaviors. Sometimes government gets a little too zealous to what it believes is the desired result.

Robert Sacchi on September 14, 2017:

That is a problem with government-business partnerships. If the government picks right it could help a municipality greatly. If the government picks wrong they have a white elephant on their hands. It seems to be playing out here in the casino business. There are more and more casinos opening up in areas relatively close to each other. There is only so much money around to spend on gambling. The gamblers aren't the only ones likely to lose their shirts.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 14, 2017:

Robert Sacchi, yes, sadly our government gives benefits to businesses that often only encourage irresponsible investments. Yes, the person making the investment comes out smelling like a rose, but the people s/he hoodwinks into putting money into it often lose their shirts. Like I said, what is legal isn't always moral.

Thank you again for your interest in this issue, Robert.

Robert Sacchi on September 06, 2017:

There is the case of knowing when to cash out. An example would be if a government gives tax breaks or subsidies for 10 years. If the business would be operating at a loss if not for these advantages then year 9 is a good time to unload the venture.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 06, 2017:

Robert Sacchi, thank you for sharing your experience regarding the possible use of the census in decision making in your city. Frankly, it doesn't sound like they used any sort of guide in deciding to build the supermarkets you mention.

You know sometimes investors/builders or other business people build things for the purpose of taking a loss because in the end they benefit financially -- and sadly others often loose a lot of money. You could research and investigate our current President's business dealings of the not so distant past and find some superb examples of this very strategy. It's legal, but not moral. That is unfortunately true for many of our business laws.

Robert Sacchi on August 23, 2017:

I doubt if the census had anything to do with it but where I live they put in a gold course and an upscale supermarket chain built 5 stores. This happened right before the crash and both ventures lost, and are probably still losing, a bundle.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 23, 2017:

Robert Sacchi, thank you for your thoughtful comment. I'm sure they don't rely on the Census alone for certain information. The City Directory, which I believe is inventoried more often than every 10 years (monthly according to Polk City Directories), also plays a part in determining demographics of a particular area. I would be surprised if once particular locations were settled on (finalists), that companies specializing in learning demographics of a particular city or area of a city weren't employed to get current stats to avoid making costly mistakes. :)

Robert Sacchi on August 02, 2017:

Your article gives much to think about. I can see where basing something on a census taken every 10 years can be costly. The family of 3 with an infant might not be living in the same school district when the child enters school. I would imagine the percentage of people who lived somewhere else or under different circumstances in 2010. I'm not saying we should stop counting just that maybe some entities rely on the census too much.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 28, 2016:

Thank you Shyron. I appreciate your kind comment. Lots of people's eyes glaze over when it comes to anything to do with the government. Sad, because these are things that affect their lives every day, but they prefer to worry about the design of the latest tattoo.

Hope you've had a good Christmas and that all is well with you both. Take care, dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 29, 2016:

Au fait, no matter how many times I read this, it is still interesting.

I hope all is well with you.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 27, 2015:

DzyMzLizzy, thank you for coming by and adding some very useful information to my article! I have known it for quite a while, but it never crossed my mind to include it. Glad you brought it to everyone's attention.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 25, 2015:

RTalloni, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue. It's true that there will always be liars. However most people answer the census takers honestly and the 1% or less who do lie aren't a large enough pool to sway the stats appreciably. A bigger issue are those people who manage to avoid being counted.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 24, 2015:

And--the older census records--released for public use 72 years after they have been recorded--are very useful for people researching their family history. ;-)

RTalloni on September 24, 2015:

An interesting read. Many practical uses the census could be used for are well presented here, but to be certain that the questions are answered honestly is fairly iffy at best. Some people lie to cover up actions, some for amusement. Some because they want to turn the tide of opinion, some because they are just plain contrary. The reasons people lie are as varied as the kinds of people who will lie. And that's just the populace. That governments lie, well… That said, I agree, there is probably not much use in trying to plug up the dam. It has sprung a big leak! As I looked at the stats chart I wondered whether the losses and gains could be accounted for at least in part by the fact that people are having fewer children and that baby boomers are moving from northern states to southern states.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 23, 2014:

Chuck, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

I agree with much of what you write, however, if you read my article "Who Is Watching Us? Not Just Big Brother Anymore, " etc., you will see that our government (and possibly governments elsewhere in the world) already have far more info on each of us than any Census report would give them.

I think there isn't a lot we can do regarding the gov. snooping on us, but there are things we can do to keep everybody else from doing it. I've let people know how to go about protecting themselves, but so far as I can tell, very few people are really interested enough in safeguarding their personal info to even read further about things they can do to protect their privacy.

The government already knows so much about our income, income sources, and how much our house payment or rent is, and so much more, what difference if it knows how many bathrooms we have or what our china design is?

If you buy a new car in 2014 or later, our government will be following you everywhere you go and documenting it. That's in my Surveillance article too. Agree that our gov. goes too far in collecting info on us, but trying to find the hole in the dike so we can plug it is impossible I think.

Thanks again for stopping by.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 21, 2014:

Thank you Peggy W for sharing/pinning this article!

Chuck Nugent from Tucson, Arizona on May 17, 2014:

This is a very interesting and informative Hub.

However, while I am not paranoid, I must disagree with you on the necessity and usefulness of the expanding list of nosy questions the Census Bureau asks people, especially those tagged (and I was tagged in the last Census) for additional information beyond what is asked on the standard form.

The founding fathers' original intent, as stated in Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution, simply required that the census be taken every ten years to determine the apportionment of seats in Congress among the states. The section does leave the actual mechanics of the census to be determined by Congress so one cannot object, on Constitutional grounds, to Congress turning the Census into a huge marketing survey to assist politicians and bureaucrats in their efforts to expand government.

Not only does this expansion of the census increase the cost of collecting census data (according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office the total cost of the recent 2010 Census will run as high as $14.5 billion) the data collected then becomes the basis for justifying spending for all kinds of social welfare and other special interest projects that progressive politicians push in order to expand government

Spending by the Federal government is at an all-time high and is a major drag on the economy. The fiscal condition of many state and local governments is as bad or worse with Detroit and other cities already in bankruptcy.

Finally, one does not have to paranoid in order to be concerned about privacy and government use of the personal data it collects.

In a March 7, 2014 piece in the Wall Street Journal by Holman W. Jenkins Jr., Mr. Jenkins pointed out that, in addition to Census data the Federal government collects personal data through numerous other sources such as income tax filings, Medicare information and Welfare applications.

He goes on to point out that the government is not above using this data for political purposes such as the recent IRS use of tax application data to target and attempt to silence Tea Party activists. This is not a first as he also reminds us that both Presidents Kennedy and Nixon used IRS data to try to silence political opponents.

As for flagrant misuse of Census data, Jenkins cites the case of Congress, following the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, repealing of the law providing confidentiality of Census information so that the Roosevelt Administration could use that data to track down and place Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II.

Information is control and governments can and do use information, for both good and evil, to control people. Thus, in the interests of freedom, citizens should question and limit the personal information they allow big government to collect.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 16, 2014:

Sharing this informative hub once again and pinning to the Awesome Hubpages board. Already on the Do You Know This? board. Hope it brings in more readers for you.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 16, 2014:

Thank you Indian Chef for commenting on this article and for the votes and share! Yes indeed, both government and businesses like to know as much as possible about 'things' before they make decisions to spend money.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on February 13, 2014:

Au fait, very informative hub. Never did know that the nosy questions have so far reaching effects. Voting up, interesting and sharing on hub pages.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 03, 2014:

Thank you Deborah-Diane, for stopping by and sharing this article! People can learn here also, why big factories and new schools are built in their neighborhoods -- or not. Also, why their state may or may not be the recipient of more or fewer federal funds . . . and much more.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on January 02, 2014:

Thanks for writing this informative article. This is helpful information so people understand why they have the number of Representatives and, consequently, the number of electors that they have in a Presidential election. One more article that is worth sharing with my followers!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 10, 2013:

Thank you for reading and commenting Shyron. The stats from the Census make a huge difference everywhere and most people are not aware. They can also shed light on the behavior of people within a community and all across this country, as the stats on traditional marriage did in my article on that subject explained. There are stats on a variety of other issues too, not just on marriage, that come from the Census.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 08, 2013:

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing this article!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 05, 2013:

Au fait this is a very informative hub and I needed to re-read. The census if very important, I did not realize until I read this hub how important.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on August 05, 2013:

So many people are confused about the importance of the Census. However, it can make a big difference in politics, in money for your local community and in other ways. I am so glad you have explained it. Great info. Voted UP and sharing it.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 21, 2013:

moonlake, thank you for pinning this hub!

moonlake from America on June 17, 2013:

I'm going to add this to my genealogy board on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 15, 2013:

Thank you Peggy W for pinning this hub!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2013:

This will be another great hub to post to my Do you know this? board on Pinterest. By the way, I tried to click on your Pinterest account on your profile and I get a 404 at least at the moment it does not seem to work. You might want to check it.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 06, 2013:

Thank you Deborah-Diane for commenting on this hub and for your great compliments.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on March 30, 2013:

This is a wonderful explanation of why it is important that we do a thorough census every 10 years. Great job. Thumbs up!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 27, 2013:

Shyron, thank you for adding some valuable information to this hub. It's true that people searching their family history can often find important information in the census records.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 21, 2013:

I love the census, can't be beat for locating ancestors.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 21, 2013:

Thank you rajan jolly for reading, commenting, voting, and sharing this hub! Thank you for your high compliment too. I'm glad if you found this information useful. Lots of people are not aware of what a big roll the census makes in all of our lives, I think.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 20, 2013:

Awesome information .I'd no idea about these important and varied use to which the census info is put to use. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up. useful, interesting and shared.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 17, 2012:

petenali, so glad my hub inspired you to think -- of John Denver . . .

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 16, 2012:

Thank you tillsontitan for reading and commenting on my hub! Yes, those nosy questions census takers ask have many uses and purposes.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 15, 2012:

Thank you carter06, for reading and commenting on this hub! Glad you found it interesting, etc. So many people here in the states are offended that the government asks so many question and some people imagine all manner of wild ideas as to why those questions are asked and what is done with the info gathered. I just hoped to enlighten some of them about what it is really used for.

Lots of people dislike politically correct speech, but I find more than anything it helps keep discussions useful rather than having them degenerate into personal attacks. Politically correct speech has been a major part of our discourse for at least 30 years, but from what I'm hearing from friends and reading on various venues, it seems to be just getting underway in places like Britain and Australia, etc.

Thanks again for taking time . . .

Pete from Ontario, Canada on November 14, 2012:

I"m already humming, "You fill out my census..." to the tune of John Denver's "Annie's Song"...

Mary Craig from New York on November 14, 2012:

While I knew the importance of the Census and about our representatives, I never realized how far it drilled private industry and such. This was a great, informative hub Aufait and I'm sure people will benefit from it! Wise choice!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on November 14, 2012:

Au fait - I dropped by to say again that I really appreciated your opinion and insightful comments on my hub about our Aussie PM & her excellent speech condeming misoginy in our Parliament. Going back over your comment it really made me think that we here in Oz could certainly do with a good deal of political correctness in our offices of parliament. It might stop the continual verbal sledging that they get away with... Oh and btw thanks for this informative & well written hub...we as a family have participated in our census for the past eight years & even though time consuming really feel it's so worth the time we give it...great job here my friend...VUIA & shared...

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 09, 2012:

Thank you Shyron. I'm glad this hub is comprehensive enough to meet your needs.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 08, 2012:

Thank you R2-D2-2 for stopping by! Glad you were able to get some benefit.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on October 07, 2012:

I am back again to reread this awesome hub. I have a list of my favorites and when I need to read something about each one I go to my list to re-read that particular hub.

R2-D2-2 from USA on October 07, 2012:

Funny, but I knew a lot of things are based on the census, but I never put 2 + 2 together with the "nosy" questions. Good information.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 29, 2012:

Thank you Nicole S for stopping by. Glad if you learned something new. Have a great day!

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on August 28, 2012:

Very interesting hub! I wasn't aware of this.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 15, 2012:

Thank you Peggy W for reading, commenting, and sharing. There are a lot of important facts about the census and how it affects each one of us.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 14, 2012:

Very good article informing people WHY answering census questions accurately and truthfully is important. Voted up, useful, interesting and will share.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 06, 2012:

Thank you Shyron, for reading and commenting on my hub, and for the 'awesome' vote. I was hoping this hub would be informative.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 05, 2012:

JThomp42: Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, and for voting me up!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 03, 2012:

voting up and awesome, important information for all Americans. Also the census is the place to go for genealogist.

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