Let’s Play 256 Questions

US Census American Community Survey

The American Community Survey is sent to American citizens, prison inmates, and illegal aliens by the U.S Census Bureau. The American Community Survey is not the short 10 question form most people receive, it is the very long form that is sent out monthly to a random selection of homes, prisons, and abandon buildings. The Census Bureau sends out two hundred fifty thousand of the long form questionnaires every month. Below this article I have posted every question that is on the American Community Survey. You will probably get one or you might be asked to answer some questions about your neighbors. Then again, your neighbors might be asked some questions about you. Yes that’s right, the Census Bureau workers can ask your neighbors questions about you.  
 
Note: As a writer I had a difficult time refraining from editing the errors the census bureau made on the form but I did and, I stayed true to my intent to represent the form as close as possible to its original paper state. The punctuation and grammar errors, and the CAPS and bold are those of the U.S. Census Bureau. My comments are in dark red. Yes, I couldn’t resist poking fun at this whole hot mess created by the Census Bureau. It’s tough to be angry or nervous about something you’re laughing at. For a good laugh take a look at the Video links on the right.
The whole point of this blog is to let American citizens know they are not alone. Any reader of this blog has permission to create a link to it from their page if your website or blog has to do with the Census. However, if you just have to copy and paste please just give credit where credit is due, create a link back to the orginal and name the author. In this case the author is; Resident Apt.1.
  On the outside of the envelope:
 The American Community Survey Form is enclosed
YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW
The Census Bureau states that the form is confidential. U.S. Citizens might want to take that statement with a grain of salt. Confidential is not the same as anonymous. The survey does not ask for social security numbers but it does ask for names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Confidentiality is questioned when the Census Bureau loses forms and doesn’t even look for them until someone writes a letter of complaint. (Click on the article:Secure and Confidential, Uh Huh)
The form is a total of twenty-nine pages with forty-seven questions for each person up to five people. However, most of the questions, if not all, have multiple parts. There are also twenty-one questions about your housing. That’s a total of two hundred fifty-six questions you will be answering if you have five people living in your home. There is also a page that states,” If there are more than five people living or staying here, print their names in the spaces for Person 6 through person 12. We may call you for more information about them.”
 Bet they will.
My form was addressed to:
Resident Apt.1
Here’s an example:
Resident Apt 1
13 Primrose Path
Suckertown, Big Brother 00666
So why can’t we fill in the name form as “Resident”? After all, it’s confidential, as they say.
Then the person who makes the choice to go ahead and fill out the form also has to answer the forty-seven questions for each additional person in the house.That could be as much as two hundred fifty-six questions. These are multiple part questions. If you don’t answer the questions and mail it back to them they will send you another one along with a letter from Director Steve H. Murdock explaining how the success of the survey depends on you. Typical governement statement, pass the buck and put the onus on people who have been given no say in what questions they are going to be asked. According to government-think it wouldn’t make sense to structure the census form so that all American citizens wouldn’t have a privacy issue with the one and only one question it was originally intended to ask.
 
If you don’t answer the questions on the second form they send they will send a “field representative” to your house to “help” you fill out the form. I wasn’t home when the field representative visited the first time but she was kind enough to stick her official business card, another letter from Steve H. Murdock, Director, and a brochure with the American flag and the statue of Liberty on it in my door. Apparently she didn’t see the mailbox on the side of the door about 3 inches from where she jammed her business card and other info. I guess they assume that if you didn’t jump at the chance to spread your personal information all over the country then it must mean that either you are an ESL person (English as a Second Language) or you’re just too stupid to know how to do it and so must need their help.
The Census Bureau assumes that the American people just can’t wait to tell complete strangers all about how much money they makes, who they have what kind of relationship with, how much their mortgage payments are, and whether or not they have some physical, emotional, or mental problems.
The field reps are required to make six attempts at face to face contact with you. If they are not successful in getting the information from you during the six attempts they are then instructed by the U.S. Census Bureau to go to any of your neighbors that are fifteen years old or older and ask them the questions about you.
I received the American Community Survey last year. It sat in a junkmail pile for a while. When I opened it I was appalled at the questions so I threw it out. I received a reminder in the mail. I threw it out. I got another ACS in the mail. I sat down called my congressman’s office. They hadn’t heard much about it but were interested. Then I put all the questions on a website.( I got busy and didn’t keep up the website so now here it is again on this blog.) After I put it on the website I threw it in a file. I got a visit from a government census worker. I was polite I said, “No I’m not filling it out.” She tried to engage me in conversation (she must have gone through the Refusal Avoidance Training for Census Workers) I didn’t engage. I closed the door. I got a reminder. I got a call from a neighbor saying that a census worker was asking about me. My neighbor wasn’t co-operative either. I got another letter. Then I got a visit from a supervisor. I was polite. I said, “Put me on the Refusal List.” She said, “Well, give me your name so I can put you on the list.” When I stopped laughing I replied, “You don’t need my name just put this address on your list.” She said, OK, but the Census Bureau doesn’t take refusals lightly.” “Really?” I said, “That’s ok, I don’t take invasion of my privacy lightly either.” Softly closed the door. Never heard from them again.
Here’s an excerpt from a story about how a couple of U.S. citizens handled a field representative:
“Walt,” wrote about how he’d been approached a number of times: “The ACS lady came by for her second visit around 6:00 yesterday afternoon. I happened to outside and greeted her at her car door – she never got out. I advised her that the owner or owners of the information she was seeking have not authorized it’s release”. I like that, good answer.
“Reasoning with a Census ‘field representative’ is like reasoning with a Jihadist. They believe what they are being paid to do is worthwhile, BUT cannot and will not do anything if you just refuse to play their game. Be polite if you wish. Frankly, I lost my cool and yelled ‘don’t talk about fining me, DO IT! You’ll get plenty of publicity!'” added “Scribe.”
Here’s a link to the full article by Bob Unruh:

What will the Duggar family do? They have nineteen kids. Will they be answering the American Community Survey?

So here are all the questions on the American Community Survey. Just mulitply them by the number of people living in your home to find out how many questions you’ll be answering, if you choose to answer them.
Questions for Person 1 (who has to fill in all the other questions for persons one through five.)
 
 
 
 
 
 

The questions are very interesting.
After you fill in the date the very next question is:

 

 

 Then:
1.What is Person 1’s name?_______________________________
How about just “Resident” or “Person 1”? That would keep it confidential.
Then they are kind enough to X the next box for you because they’re not sure you’d be able to figure out that you are person 1 so the question doesn’t apply to you.

2. How is this person related to person 1? X

Note: This second question, when asked of Person 2 is worded as follows:

2. How is this person (person 2) related to Person 1? Mark (X) ONE box.
Which can be interpreted as; who are you sleeping with? Depending on person 1 and person 2’s answers to question 3 it can also be interpreted as; are you gay or straight?

 Husband or wife

 Biological son or daughter

 Adopted son or daughter

 Stepson or stepdaughter

 Brother or sister

 Father or mother

 Grandchild

 Parent-in-law

 Son-in-law or daughter-in-law

Other relative

 Roomer or boarder

 Housemate or roommate

 Unmarried partner

 Foster child

 Other nonrelative

What, no check box for uncle daddy?

3. What is Person 1’s sex? Only two choices?

  •  Male
  •  Female

Nothing for hermaphrodite, asexual, or sex-change? Not yet anyway, maybe next time they’ll be more blatant about it because, if you read question 2 for Person 2’s relationship to Person1 you will realize they are asking about your sexual orientation.

4. What is Person 1’s age and date of birth? _______ ________

5. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
(There are plenty of hardworking, naturalized citizens of Spanish origin living in the U.S. that don’t need the U.S. Census Bureau profiling them)

 No, not of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin

 Yes, Mexican, Mexican Am., Chicano

 Yes, Puerto Rican

Yes, Chicano Yes, another Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin – Print origin,(Wrong use of a hyphen by the way) for example, Argentinian, Colombian, Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Spaniard, and so on.

6.What is Person 1’s race?
 White

 Black

 African Am. or Negro

 American Indian or Alaska Native. – Print name of enrolled or principle tribe.___________
Asian Indian

 Chinese

 Filipino

 Other Asian – Print race, for example, Hmong, Laotian, Thai, Pakistani, Cambodian, and so on.

 Japanese

 Korean

 Vietnamese

 Native Hawaiian

 Guamanian or Chammorro

 Samoan Other Pacific Islander – Print race, for example, Fijian, Tongan, and so on.

Where is Irish American? Where is Italian American? Where is (fill in your heritage here)___________________? Oh, excuse me, they have been relegated to: Plain old White, and Some other race – print race. So just write “some other race”?
Again, wrong use of the hyphen. Just a testament to the U. S. school system. But I won’t belabor the point anymore.

7. Where was this person born? ____________

 In the United States – print name of state ___________
 Outside of United States – Print name of foreign country or Puerto Rico, Guam, etc.__________________________________

8. Is this person a citizen of the United States?

 Yes born in the United States – Skip to 10a

 Yes, born in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Northern Marianas.
 Yes, born abroad of U.S. citizen parents Yes, U.S.citizen by naturalization – Print year of naturalization_____  No, not a U.S. citizen

9. When did this person come to live in the United States? Print numbers in boxes __/____/____

10. a At anytime IN THE LAST 3 MONTHS has this person attended school or college?
Include only nursery or preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, home school, and schooling which leads to a high school diploma or college degree.
Ok, so what schooling was left out? Maybe the Resistance Avoidance Training for Census Workers?

 No, has not attended in the last 3 months

 Yes, public school, public college

 Yes, private school, private college, home school10.b What grade or level was this person attending?
Mark (X) one box.
Thanks for the example, as a victim of the U.S. school system I wouldn’t have been able to figure out how to mark the X.

  • Undergraduate years (freshman to senior) Thanks, cleared that one right up too,I wasn’t sure.
  •  Nursery, preschool

     Kindergarten

     Grade 1 through 12-Specify grade 1-12 → ________

     College undergraduate (freshman to senior)

     Graduate or professional school beyond a bachelor’s degree. For example: MA or PhD program, or medical or law school. Thanks for that example too. Of course any U.S. citizen with an MA, a PhD, a medical degree, or a law degree wouldn’t have been able to figure that out without the example.11. What is the highest degree or level of school that this person has completed?

     No schooling completed

     Nursery or preschool through grade 12

     Nursery school

     Kindergarten

     Grade 1 through 11-Specify 1-11 → ____________

     12th grade – NO DIPLOMANo Diploma, the only one in CAPS and in bold, so if you’re a hardworking person but you don’t have a high school diploma maybe you’ve been singled out for a little dose of embarassment, even if it’s just while you’re sitting at your own kitchen table.

    HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE

     Regular high school diploma

     GED or alternative credential

    COLLEGE OR SOME COLLEGE

     Some college credit, but less than one year of college credit

     1 or more years of college credit, no degree

     Associate’s degree (for example: AA,AS)

     Bachelor’s degree (for example: BA, BS)

    AFTER BACHELOR’S DEGREE

     Master’s degree (for example: MA, MS, MEng, MEd, MSW, MBA,) What no MFA? Well, yeah, maybe if we’re talking about the MFAs at the U.S. Census Bureau. You know, Masters (of the) Fine (of) Art of B.S.

     Doctorate degree (for example: PhD, EdD)

    12.What is this person’s ancestry?______________
    (For example: Italian, Jamaican,African Am., Cambodian, Cape Verdean, Norwegian,Dominican, French Canadian, Haitian, Korean, Lebanese, Polish, Nigerian, Mexican, Taiwanese, Ukrainian, and so on)What, are we profiling all U.S. citizens now? And this question wasn’t answered by questions 5, 6, or 7?
    Some of us are just the “so ons”. So maybe we can just write “so on” in the box.

    13a. Does this person speak a language other than English at home? What language is “English at home”? Try, At home does this person speak a language other than English?

     Yes

     No→ SKIP to question 14a

    b. What is this language? ___________________

    For example: Korean, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese

    c. How well does this person speak English?

    Well, if he or she attended U.S. public schools maybe not that well at all.

     Very well

     Well

     Not well

     Not very well

    14. Did this person live in this house or apartment 1 year ago?

    •  Person is under 1 year old→ SKIP to question 15 (This is a question for Person 1, the home owner or renter,remember? So yeah, this question needed a check box for “Person is under one year old.” )
    •  Yes, this house→ SKIP to question 15
    •  No, different house in the United States or Pureto Rico
    •  No, outside the United States and Puerto Rico – Print name of foreign country, or U.S. Virgin Island, Guam, etc., below; then SKIP to question 15

    _________________________________

    b. Where did this person live 1 year ago?

    ____________________________

    Address (Number and Street name)

    ____________________________

    Name of city, town, or post office

    ________________________________

    Name of U.S. county or municipio in Puerto Rico

    ____________________________
    Name of U.S. state or Puerto Rico Zip code

    15. Is this person CURRENTLY covered by any of the following types of health insurance or health coverage plans? Mark “yes” or “No” for EACH type of coverage in items a – h.

    Yes No
          A. Insurance through a current or former employer or    union  this person or another family member).                 

          B. Insurance purchased directly from an insurance company (by this person or another family member).

         C. Medicare for people 65 and older, or people with certain disabilities.

         D. Medicaid, Medical Assistance, or any kind of government-assistance planfor those with low incomes or a disability.

         E. TRICARE or other military health care.

         F. VA (including those who have ever used or enrolled for VA health care).
         G. Indian Health Service

         H. Any other type of health insurance or health coverage plan. Specify ________.

    16.a Is this person deaf or does he/she (incorrect use of slash) have serious difficulty
    hearing?

      Yes

      No

    Apparently the U.S Census bureau is deaf. They can’t hear the American people refusing to answer these privacy invading questions.

    b. Is this person blind or does he/she have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses?

     Yes

      No

    17.a Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?

    Well yes actually, I’m having trouble remembering the answers to the multitude of questions the Sensless Bureau is asking.

     Yes

      No

    b. Does this person have difficulty walking or climbing stairs?

      Yes

      No

    c. Does this person have difficulty dressing or bathing?

      Yes

       No

    18. Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping?

      Yes

       No

    “Nazi Germany was not the first or only country to sterilize people considered “abnormal.” Before Hitler, the United States led the world in forced sterilizations. Between 1907 and 1939, more than 30,000 people in twenty-nine states were sterilized, many of them unknowingly or against their will, while they were incarcerated in prisons or institutions for the mentally ill. Nearly half the operations were carried out in California. Advocates of sterilization policies in both Germany and the United States were influenced by eugenics. This sociobiological theory took Charles Darwin’s principle of natural selection and applied it to society. Eugenicists believed the human race could be improved by controlled breeding.”

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/disabled.html

    19. What is this person’s marital status?

     Now married

     Widowed

     Divorced

     Separated

      Never Married→ SKIP to H

    20. In the PAST 12 MONTHS did this person get-

    Yes   No
     Married

          Widowed Does someone actually “get” widowed? Is is a choice like Married or Divorced?

          Divorced

    21. How many times has this person been married?

     Once

      Twice

      Three or more times

    22. In what year did this person last get married?
    Year _______________

    23. Has this person given birth to any children in the past 12 months?
    What else would “persons” give birth to? Oh, yeah, ideas for surveys that invade the privacy of the American people.

     Yes

      No

    24.a Does this person have any of his/her own grandchildren under the age of 18 living in this house or apartment?

     Yes

     No→ SKIP to question 25

    b. Is this grandparent currently responsible for most of the basic needs of any grandchild(ren) under the age of 18 who live(s) in this house or apartment?

     Yes

    No→ SKIP to question 25

    c. How long has this grandparent been responsible for the(se) child(ren)?
    (Now that’s an attractive, elegantly constructed sentence demonstrating the power of the U.S. public school system. Or perhaps they assume that the rest of us don’t understand good grammar.)
    If the grandparent is financially responsible for more than one grandchild,
    answer the question for the grandchild for whom the grandparent has been
    responsible for the longest period of time.

     Less than 6 months
      6 to 11 months

      1 or 2 years

      3 or 4 years

      5 or more years

    25. Has this person ever served on active duty in the U.S. Armed forces, military reserves, or National Guard? Active duty does not include training for the Reserves or National Guard, but DOES include activation for example, for the Persian Gulf War.

     Yes, now on active duty

     Yes, on active duty during the last 12 months, but not now.

     Yes, on active duty in the past, but not during the last 12 months

     No, training for Reserves or National Guard only→SKIP to question 28a.

     No, never served in the military→SKIP to question 28a

    26. When did this person serve on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces?
    Mark (X) a box for EACH period in which this person served, even if just for
    part of the period.

     September 2001 or later

     August 1990 to August 2001 (including Persian Gulf War)

     September 1980 to July 1990

     May 1975 to August 1980

     Vietnam era (August 1964 to april 1975)

      March 1961 to July 1964

     February 1955 to February 1961

      Korean War (July 1950 to January 1955)

      January 1947 to June 1950

      World War II (December 1941 to December 1946)

      November 1941 or earlier

    27.a Does this person have a VA service-connected disability rating?

     Yes (such as 0%, 10%, 20%,…, 100%)

      No→ SKIP to question 28a

    b. What is this person’s service-connected disability rating?

      0 percent

     10 or 20 percent

      30 or 40 percent

      50 or 60 percent

      70 percent or higher

    Will the U.S. government will use this information to cut the benefits of the many women and men that over the years fought for the very freedom the U.S. Census Bureau is now trying to take away?

    28 a. LAST WEEK, did this person work for pay at a job (or business)?

      Yes → SKIP to question 29

      No – Did not work (or retired)

    b. LAST WEEK, did this person do ANY work for pay, even for as little as one hour?

      Yes

      No → SKIP to question 34a

    29. At what location did this person work LAST WEEK? If this person worked at more than one location, print where he or she worked most last week.

    a. Address and street name

    ____________________________

    If the exact location is not known, give a description of the location such as the building name or the nearest street or intersection.

    b. Name of city, town, or post office

    ______________________

    c. Is the work location inside the limits of that city or town?

      Yes

      No

    d. Name of county

    ________________________

    e. Name of U.S. state or foreign country

    __________________________

    f. ZIP code

    __________________________

    30. How did this person usually get to work LAST WEEK? If this person usually used more than one method of transportation during the trip, mark (X) the box of the one used for most of the distance.

      Car, truck,van

      Bus or trolley bus

      Streetcar or trolley car

      Subway or elevated

      Railroad

      Ferryboat

      Taxicab

      Motorcycle

      Bicycle

      Walked

      Worked at home → SKIP to question 38a

      Other method What other method? Horseback? ok. How about unicycle? Or maybe astral travel?

    Answer question 31 if you marked “Car, truck,or van” in question 30. Otherwise,

    SKIP to question 32.

    31. How many people, including this person, usually rode to work in the car,truck, or van LAST WEEK?

    Person(s)

    ___________

    So they couldn’t just write “vehicle” in place of “Car, truck, or van” so they could save the ink on 250,000 forms per month? How “green” is that?

    32. What time did this person usually leave home to go to work LAST WEEK?
    Hour____ Minute____ a.m.___ p.m____

    33. How many minutes did it usually take this person to get from home to work LAST WEEK?

    Minutes_____________

    Answer questions 34 – 37 if this person did NOT work last week. Otherwise,
    SKIP to question 38a.

    34 a. Last week, was this person on layoff from a job?

      Yes

      No

    b. LAST WEEK, was this person TEMPORARILY absent from a job or business?

     Yes

      No → SKIP to question 35

    c. Has this person been informed that he or she will be recalled to work
    within the next 6 months OR been given a date to return to work?

      Yes → SKIP to question 36

      No

    Well they finally figured out that the “he/she” was wrong and switched to “he or she”. Can’f figure out why they didn’t go back and correct the previous errors. Well, that’s the U.S. Census Bureau for you, I guess a margin of error is acceptable to them. Hmm. how does that translate into accurate data?

    35. During the LAST 4 WEEKS has this person been ACTIVELY looking for work?

      Yes

      No → SKIP to question 37

    36. LAST WEEK, could this person have started a job if offered one, or returned to work if recalled?

      Yes, could have gone to work

      No, because of own temporary illness (Nice grammar there too.)

      No, because of all other reasons (in school, etc.)

    37. When did this person last work, even for a few days?

    • Within the past 12 months
    • 1 to 5 years ago → SKIP to K
    • Over 5 years ago or never worked → SKIP to question 46

    38 a. During the PAST 12 MONTHS (52 weeks), did this person work 50 or more weeks? Count paid time off as work. Thanks, I wasn’t sure how many weeks are in a year.

     Yes → SKIP to question 39

      No

    b. How many weeks DID this person work, even for a few hours, including
    paid vacation, paid sick leave, and military service?

      50 to 52 weeks

      48 to 49 weeks

      40 to 47 weeks

      27 to 39 weeks

      14 to 26 weeks13 weeks or less (should be “fewer” not “less”)

    39. During the PAST 12 MONTHS, in the WEEKS WORKED, how many hours did this person usually work each WEEK?

    Usual hours worked each WEEK _____________

    K Answer questions 40 – 45 if this person worked in the past 5 years. Otherwise,

    SKIP to question 46.

    40. Was this person –

    Mark (X) ONE box.

      an employee of a PRIVATE FOR PROFIT company, or business, or of an individual, for wages, salary, or commission? Check the grammar on that one.

      an employee of a PRIVATE NOT FOR PROFIT, tax-exempt, or charitable organization?

      a local GOVERNMENT employee (city, county, etc) Great explanation, couldn’t have done it with out it.

      a state GOVERNMENT employee?

      a Federal GOVERNMENT employee?

      SELF-EMPLOYED in own NOT INCORPORATED business, professional practice, or farm?

     SELF-EMPLOYED in own INCORPORATED business, professional practice, or farm?

      working WITHOUT PAY in family business or farm?

    41. For whom did this person work?
    If now on active duty in the Armed Forces, mark (X) this box →__
    and print the branch of the Armed Forces.

    Name of company, business, or other employer
    ________________________________________

    42. What kind of business or industry was this?
    Describe the activity at the location where employed. (For example: hospital,
    newspaper publishing, mail order house, auto engine manufacturing,bank)

    ___________________________________________

    43. Is this mainly – Mark (X) one box.

     manufacturing?

     wholesale trade?

     retail trade?

     other (agriculture, construction, service, government, etc.)?

    44. What kind of work is this person doing? (For example: registered nurse,
    personnel manager, supervisor of ordering department, secretary, accountant)
    ___________________________________________

    45. What was this person’s most important activities or duties? (For example:
    patient care, directing hiring policies, supervising order clerks, typing and
    filing, reconciling financial records)
    _______________________________________________

    Mark(X) the “No” box to show types of income NOT received.
    f net income was a loss, mark the “Loss” box to the right of the dollar amount.
    For income received jointly, report the appropriate share for each person – or, if that is not possible, report the whole amount for only one person an mark the “No” box for the other person.

    a. Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, or tips from all jobs. Report amount before deductions for taxes, bonds, dues, or other items.
    <font color=”660000″>I assume this means that if you are a wait person who is required to split tips with other wait people then you are required to write down what you received before you divided the tips with other staff and tipped out the bartenders. OK, so, maybe I’m pushing it a bit here, we all know how claiming the tips works.</font color=”660000″>

     Yes → $________

     No

    b. Self-employment income from own nonfarm businesses or farm
    businesses, including proprietorships and partnerships. Report NET
    income after business expenses.

    46. INCOME IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS

    Mark (x) the “Yes” box for each type of income this person received and give your best estimate of the TOTAL AMOUNT during the PAST 12 MONTHS.

    (Note: The “past 12 months” is the period from today’s date one year ago up through today.)

    Mark(X) the “No” box to show types of income NOT received.
    If net income was a loss, mark the “Loss” box to the right of the dollar amount.
    For income received jointly, report the appropriate share for each person – or, if that is not possible, report the whole amount for only one person an mark the “No” box for the other person.

    Interest, dividends, net rental income, royalty income, or income from
    estates and trusts. Report even small amounts credited to an account.

      Yes → $____________________.00__ ____ Loss
    TOTAL AMOUNT for past 12 months

      No

    d. Social Security or Railroad Retirement

     Yes → $__________________.00
    TOTAL AMOUNT for past 12 months

     No

    e. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

      Yes → $__________________.00
    TOTAL AMOUNT for past 12 months

      No

    f. Any public assistance or welfare payments from the state or local welfare office.

     Yes → $__________________.00
    TOTAL AMOUNT for past 12 months

      No

    g. Retirement, survivor, or disability pensions.
    Do NOT include Social Security

     Yes → $__________________.00
    TOTAL AMOUNT for past 12 months

      No

    h. Any other sources of income received regularly such as Veterans’ (VA) payments, unemployment compensation, child support, or alimony. Do not include lump sum payments such as money from an inheritance or the sale of a home.

     Yes → $__________________.00
    TOTAL AMOUNT for past 12 months

     No

    47. What was this person’s total income during the PAST 12 MONTHS?Add entries in questions 46a to 46h; subtract any losses. If net income was a loss, enter the dollar amount and mark (X) the “Loss” box next to the dollar amount.

    None ___ OR $________.00 Loss ____
    TOTAL AMOUNT for past 12 months

    Continue with the questions for Person 2 on the next page. If only 1 person is listed on page 2, SKIP to page 28 for mailing instructions.

    Congratulations! You’ve gotten this far, now get ready to answer the same forty-six questions for all other “Persons” in your home.

    Sign me,

    Resident Apt 1

    Since I first posted this article back in the beginning of 2009 (in another blog which I don’t use anymore) I have found a link to a PDF file of the American Community Survey. You can access it here:
    American Community Survey PDF

    © 2008

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