FOr more info newsinfusion.com The 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour launches TODAY, January 4th, from New York City’s Times Square and other major cities across the country, including Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and St. Louis. This national Road Tour will travel to more than 800 communities in the nation to encourage everyone to complete and return the census form this March. The Road Tour will inform participants about the 2010 Census and the positive impact their participation can have on their local communities. In addition, the 13-vehicle Road Tour will: · Travel more than 150,000 miles across the country · Participate in more than 800 events · Reach an estimated 18 million people · Encourage participants to share their stories, creating the 2010 Census Portrait of America project that will live on 2010census.gov · Engage millions of viewers online through social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Flickr The census is taken only once every ten years and has a direct impact on everyone in the country. Census data are used to apportion seats in Congress, and directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments. About $85 million is saved for every one percentage point increase in the number of forms mailed back as fewer census workers will be needed to make personal visits to homes that did not respond by mail.