Complete Count Committees are Forming Nationwide for the 2010 Census 

Local volunteer committees driving participation in their communities.

by Martin Barillas Friday, July 24, 2009

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

Public Information Office

Complete Count Committees (CCC) are forming across the country to spread
the word about the importance of the 2010 Census and to motivate every
resident in their community to complete and return their 2010 Census

Made up of state, local and tribal governments, and/or community
leaders, CCCs are one of the core strategic elements of the 2010 Census.
Committees often include a cross section of community representatives —
including government agencies, education, business, faith-based
organizations and the media — and aim to address the various racial,
ethnic, cultural and geographic considerations of their communities.

Using local knowledge, expertise and influence, CCCs plan and implement
census awareness campaigns that address the special characteristics of
their communities. Local campaigns are designed to reach traditionally
undercounted populations by stressing the importance of an accurate census
count, including how data are collected and used.

Since the 1980 Census, CCCs have played a major role in raising
awareness of the census among all groups and populations through various
activities. From now until May 2010, CCCs nationwide are implementing key
activities, which often include:

· Holding events, such as a Census Day “Be Counted” Parade, that
generate interest and participation.

· Distributing census information and materials through Web sites,
newsletters and at events.

· Partnering with organizations in their communities to include census
messaging in their communications.

A number of CCCs are already in place in cities nationwide, and more are
forming each day. Those interested in organizing a committee should call
their regional census center or visit


The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and
is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to distribute
Congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in
federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year and to make
decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census
questionnaire will be one of the shortest in history and consists of 10
questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws
protect the confidentiality of respondents and the information they
Editor’s note: News releases, reports and data tables are available on the
Census Bureau’s home page. Go to and click on


Editor’s note: More information, fact sheets and multimedia are available
on the Census Bureau’s online newsroom. Go to

As with all 2010 Census information, the address information collected by
the Census Bureau is confidential by law (Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 9).
All Census Bureau employees have taken a lifetime 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.

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