[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

PROCLAMATION 8488--MAR. 31, 2010

Proclamation 8488 of March 31, 2010
Census Day, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Since our Nation's earliest days, the census has played an important
role in identifying where resources are most needed. This procedure,
enshrined in our Constitution, informs our Government's responses to the
evolving needs of American communities. By completing this year's
survey, we can ensure they receive adequate funding for schools,
hospitals, senior centers, and other public works projects. The 2010
Census will also aid employers in selecting locations for new factories
and businesses as our economy recovers. On Census Day, I urge all
Americans to fulfill their civic duty by participating in the 2010
While the first United States census surveyed a young country with fewer
than 4 million people, this year's census will assess a Nation of over
300 million. America's diversity defines our national character, yet, in
the past, the census has too often undercounted minorities, young
people, and low-income residents. As our Nation grows, getting the count
right will help ensure that our families and neighbors receive the
services they need, and accurate and proportional representation in the
United States House of Representatives.
The 2010 Census is safe and easy to complete, and the Census Bureau
aggressively protects all census participants' private information,
which is never used against them or shared with other government or
private entities. By mailing the Census form back, we help save taxpayer
dollars and ensure that all Americans get the support they deserve and a
voice in our democracy.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 1, 2010, as Census
Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day by completing their
census form and mailing it back.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of
March, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.