Thursday April 1, 2010 was Census Day.  Census 2010 was much different from previous censuses as Congress mandated that only data required for the reapportionment of congressional districts be collected.  In-fact, the 2010 census form was the shortest since the first census in 1790.

The 2010 Census questionnaire consisted of only ten questions, asking for the name, gender, age, birth date, race and ethnicity of each person in the household.  The remaining questions ask about housing tenure.  Every household in the United States and U.S. Territory was polled on Census Day.

Census 2010 was a “Mail-out, Mail-back” operation.  Each housing unit was mailed a census form in mid to late March 2010.  Response rate in previous censuses has been about 65% by mail, so census enumerators were sent to non-responding households.  The goal is to count every person living in the country.

Census information is considered the gold standard for population counts and the information is used to not only apportion congressional districts but also allocate trillions of dollars based on population.  California, the most populated state in the nation, will get over 4.3 trillion dollars over the next ten years based on population along.

For further information please email Peter Smith, or call (661) 635-2900.

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