September 9th, 2009 | Posted in Population Basics
by Eric Zuehlke, editor
It’s hard to believe, but 2010 is just around the corner. Next April, the 2010 U.S. Census will determine how many people live in the United States, who they are, and where they live. The Census is not only used to draw federal congressional and state legislative districts, but its data are also used to allocate more than $400 billion in federal funding, vital to state and local governments, schools, businesses, and researchers.
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As the 2010 U.S. Census gets closer and final preparations get underway, the Census Project, a nonpartisan coalition committed to educating policymakers, the media, and other stakeholder organizations about the importance of an accurate census, has launched a new blog. It will be updated every Tuesday over the next year with updates as census offices open around the country, advertising campaigns begin, census forms are mailed, and a million census takers are recruited and deployed across the country. Visit the blog, written by the project’s consultant, Terri Ann Lowenthal, and the project’s co-director, Phil Sparks at censusprojectblog.org. PRB is also highlighting developments as the 2010 Census gets closer at our PRB 2010 Census page.