Census Information & Products

Overview

Census Information & Products

The U.S. Census Bureau is Constitutionally mandated to count every resident in the United States every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities each year.

Please contact Tina Glover for more information.

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Free Census Workshops

SACOG hosted a series of free Census workshops during the month of March. The workshops focused on census community analysis, economic census, and how to track trends. Materials are available below.

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About the Census

For more than 200 years, the U.S. Census Bureau has conducted a census every ten years to count every resident in the nation. It is a constitutional requirement to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities.

Census data are also used to determine the boundaries of congressional, state and local political districts. Census demographic data provide information for use in all types of studies, serving as a benchmark for surveys, estimates and forecasts.

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2010 Census and American Community Survey (ACS) Data

Following the 2000 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau changed the way that it conducts the census. Through 2000 Census, a short form was used to count the entire U.S. population and a long form (distributed to about 1 in 6 households) collected detailed data regarding the social and economic characteristics of the nation’s communities.

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2010 Census

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

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Other Census Resources

The U.S. Census Bureau does much more than simply conduct the decennial Census. Even with the advent of the American Community Survey (ACS) the Bureau conducts numerous other surveys and censuses including the Economic Census which profiles U.S. national and local economies every 5 years, Census of Governments every 5 years, an annual Population Estimates Program, National level Population Projections that generally project out 50 years, and many more. They offer a wide variety of training opportunities, as well as numerous interactive internet data tools listed below.

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Unites States Census American Community Survey (ACS) 2010 Census Other Census Resources

The Census American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year, giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. In the past, the decennial census consisted of a short form and a long form. In the 2000 Census, which was the last decennial census year in which the long form was conducted, it was sent to 1 in 6 households.