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According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the resident population of the United States, projected to 09/14/09 at 21:21 GMT (EST+5) is



For the first time in its history, the Census Bureau will distribute more than 13 million bilingual questionnaires during the 2010 census.  Although there are monolingual forms available upon request in several languages, tests show that mailing the bilingual questionnaire to areas with a high number of Spanish-speaking residents will improve response rates.

The importance of counting "everyone living in the United States, once, only once, and in the right place" as stated by Robert M. Groves, the Census Bureau Director, can not be overstated.  Census data are used to determine not only congressional representation, but also how $400 billion in federal funds is allocated to state and local governments.

Census questionnaires in Spanish, Chinese (simplified), Korean, Vietnamese and Russian can be requested by calling the telephone assistance number on the back of the English form .   Speakers of 60 other languages can learn how to complete the English questionnaire from language guides which will be distributed across the country in local libraries and other public places.

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