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How long does it take to fill out a census form?

By Ed O'Keefe

The Federal Eye and Mrs. Eye received their 2010 census form in the mail on Tuesday and decided to test the Census Bureau's "10 Questions, 10 Minutes" promise.

So how long did it take two people to fill out the form? Watch in the video above as The Eye fills out the form -- with his lovely wife's assistance. (And just because the video timeline says 4:00 doesn't mean it took that long!)

(Video by Valerie Hallow O'Keefe for The Washington Post)

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 17, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
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A two person household : Finished in under 3 minutes.

Time includes reading the document and info insert.

Posted by: trident420 | March 17, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Got it in the mail yesterday, filled it out in about 3 minutes, including reading everything, mailed it back today. Simple basic questions, requiring simple basic answers - nothing intrusive in the questions either.

Posted by: rkfdred | March 17, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Why is there more than one question?

Posted by: corrections | March 17, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I also did a 2-person questionnaire in about 3 minutes. It's neither burdensome nor intrusive.

Posted by: EinDC | March 17, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

It took me a few minutes and was not hard

I spent some of it chuckling at those who think of this as some sort of invasion of privacy. I guess some have to find something to complain about

Posted by: Bious | March 17, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

The form asks about residents on April 1st, not March 17th. If you are filling it out and returning it before April 1st you are committing mail fraud or perjury.

Posted by: fireball72 | March 17, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

It is not mail fraud or perjury. It is perfectly acceptable to fill it in based on your expectations of April 1st. If it was mail fraud, Census would not mail them out in mid-March.

Posted by: fragglerocker | March 18, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Census forms postmarked before April 1st will be a good indicator of illiteracy. They'll probably decline to prosecute, but they'll know you're have the brain capacity of a Fraggle Rock fan.

Posted by: fireball72 | March 18, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

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