US Census 2010
As a 2010 Census partner, ALA has helped share the 2010 Census message and supported the Census Bureau's goal of achieving a complete count. The 2010 Census defines who we are as a nation, affects political representation and direct the allocation of billions of dollars in government funding, including support for our libraries.
Required once every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution, the census counts every person living in the United States, both citizens and noncitizens. Census data are used to reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives, re-district each state and determine the distribution of the Electoral College. Census data also directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments. The new data is critical in determining locations for new hospitals, improving schools, building new roads, expanding public transportation options and more.
In December 2010, the U.S. Census released the data online.
Key Dates for the 2010 Census
February – March 2010
Census questionnaires are mailed or delivered to households.
March – April 2010
Be Counted program is implemented. Census questionnaires are available at select public sites for individuals who did not receive one by mail.
April 1, 2010
May – July 2010
Census takers visit households that did not return a questionnaire by mail.
July 30, 2010
Census telephone assistance line closes.
December 31, 2010
By law, the Census Bureau delivers population counts to the President.
By law, the Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states.