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The census’ official count of the American population is not ready yet, but the Census Bureau is issuing a progress report. The bureau said Tuesday, for instance, that its 2010 count would cost about $1.6 billion less than budgeted.
Census takers are a throwback to another era. They go door to door and leave behind polite reminder notes. No robocalls. No cookies planted on your Internet browser. Their shoe-leather mission is to gently coax Americans to provide information so modest it would make a marketing major laugh: Who lives here and what are their ages, genders, races, and/or ethnicities?
The Census Bureau is in the final days of what it calls nonresponse follow-up — the part of the job where enumerators canvass neighborhoods in an effort to contact households that did not mail their census questionnaires.
It's halftime in the 2010 Census, and the anticipated political backlash doesn't seem to have materialized. Seventy-two percent of households returned their forms by mail, a better-than-expected response rate. However, as census workers begin their house visits on May 1, the count's endgame success depends on whether remaining households are willing to open their doors to census takers.
As the first phase of the 2010 Census — mailing back the forms — comes to a close, another more expensive, tedious and labor-intensive one begins: going door-to-door.
The percentage of households that have mailed back their Census forms could top the 2000 response rate — a major accomplishment in the face of growing suspicion of government, swelling population and increased diversity.
Nearly one in three Americans failed to return their census questionnaires by Friday’s official deadline, the Census Bureau said.
Today is Census Day in the USA — the day that counts for counting where every American lives.
Thursday, April 1, is National Census Day, the date by which Americans are being asked to return their census forms to the federal government.
When Bob Groves was asked by President Obama to undertake the mammoth job of leading the 2010 Census, Groves paused. He was happy heading the University of Michigan's prestigious Survey Research Center…
The U.S. Census Bureau warned parts of six states on Tuesday about low response rates to the 2010 Census, with just two days left before census forms come due.
The Census Bureau and Google have teamed up to track response rates in real time.
The Census Bureau posts daily "participation rates" on its 2010census.gov website for every state, county, city, town, township, Indian reservation and neighborhood. It partnered with Google to provide the interactive maps, which will be updated every Monday through Friday.
They are counting more than chickens on Indiana farms this month. The 2010 U.S. census results can affect federal funding reaching Wabash Valley farmers. As a result, top state officials were in Vigo County on Thursday to make sure rural residents take time to fill out their census forms.
The Census Bureau estimated Monday that Americans could save the federal government $1.5 billion by mailing their 2010 census forms instead of waiting for a census taker to show up at the door ... Groves said it costs the government 42 cents for each pre-paid envelope when a household mails back the form. That compares with a cost of $57 to send a census taker to check on households that do not respond.
One of the biggest and oldest surveys in America will hit mailboxes this week, and its results will inform countless decisions, from how federal funds are divvied up to how advertisers analyze their target audiences.
The 2010 Census will determine how more than $500 billion in federal funds is divvied up each year, according to a new study that adds urgency to cash-strapped jurisdictions pushing residents to mail in their census questionnaires later this month.
These numbers, provided by the Brookings Institution, show the total amount of money allotted to each state based on census data and the money spent per person in each state, as well as how each state ranks in comparison.
For Susan Williams, the road to working as a serial temp for the U.S. Census Bureau ran through law school and a recession that has stalled many a professional career.
An estimated 120 million U.S. households will receive a notice this week that their 2010 census forms are about to arrive, census officials said.
In mid-March, the Census Bureau will mail census forms to the nation’s 134 million households. With 10 questions, the form is one of the shortest in the history of the decennial count, dating back to 1790. But will people fill it out and mail it back? They should.
For years, Gary Mayor Rudy Clay shunned the Steel City's reputation for being a hotbed of crime. But Clay recently said he'd like to count prison inmates -- who live in jails elsewhere but list Gary as their hometown -- as city residents for purposes of the 2010 census.
As the U.S. Census Bureau kicks off its 2010 count Monday, its publicity effort is under attack from lawmakers and marketing experts who say it has failed to persuade reluctant minorities to fill out and return their questionnaires.
Every 10 years, we have to count people. At least that's what Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution says. It doesn't sound too complicated. But it is.
The 2010 decennial census is just getting underway, but Daniel Weinberg is already thinking about 2020 and how the Internet might be used to collect the nation's population data.
Police cars and large white vans rumbled down the unpaved road toward the ramshackle houses, where illegal immigrants are among hundreds living in a slapdash neighborhood, or colonia, called San Carlos. U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves emerged from the caravan Monday with a message: You can trust us.
Census takers in L.A. will need persistence, charm and knowledge of the city's varied cultures.
Brief History: The U.S. Census (Time)
It's that time of decade again. On Jan. 25, U.S. census workers began knocking on doors in Noorvik, Alaska, the first stop in an epic attempt to count everyone in America. Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution calls for an "actual Enumeration" of the population every 10 years in order to determine how many Representatives each state gets in the House.
On Jan. 21, 2010, the Pew Research Center hosted a conversation about the 2010 Decennial Census with Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census Robert Groves and a panel of experts. Groves discussed the operational flow of the 2010 Census, design features intended to increase participation, the department's communications campaign, real-time monitoring/management, and evaluation of the quality of the census.
Using the word Negro to describe a black person has largely fallen out of polite conversation — except on the U.S. Census. There, under the question "What is this person's race?" is an option that reads "Black, African Am., or Negro."
The U.S. Census Bureau chief is heading to Alaska to formally launch the nation's 2010 count in a remote Inupiat Eskimo village, where residents are planning a huge reception of traditional dancing and a feast of caribou, moose and other subsistence foods.
The 2010 US Census starts soon. At stake are billions of federal dollars – and maybe your representative's job.
The Census Bureau is finding itself with the most highly skilled, highly educated workforce in its 220-year history — thanks in part to a struggling economy that has produced millions of people eager to work.
A campaign to encourage participation in the 2010 census reflects many of the major changes since the last census in the population that is to be counted.
An e-mail which falsely claims to be from the Better Business Bureau about the upcoming 2010 Census is inaccurate and BBB is advising consumers to get the facts
A count that counts (The Economist)
This year’s tally of America will help shape corporate strategy for a decade
For those not in the know, the U.S. government began a $340 million promotional campaign for the decennial Census. The ad blitz began Monday with the debut of the Census Portrait of America Road Tour in New York's Times Square.
Fearing that millions of illegal immigrants may not be counted in the 2010 census, Latino leaders are mobilizing a nationwide drive to urge Hispanics to participate in the survey, including an intense push this week in evangelical Christian churches.
Next year’s census will not only count people, it will also put money in millions of pockets and potentially create a well-timed economic spark. Not in more than a half-century has the United States census been conducted amid such high rates of joblessness. The 1.2 million census-taking jobs may be temporary, but they pay well, and economists say they will provide a significant lift.
Civil rights leaders Wednesday lobbied Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and top Census Bureau officials to press for a better count of African-Americans in the 2010 census.
Minnesota's efforts to count its traveling residents during the 2000 Census were modest. Barbara Ronningen, one of the state's demographers, says she gave her father, Sidney Ronningen, and other Minnesotans who went south for the winter fliers to hand out at gatherings of the state's snowbirds at annual picnics in Arizona and Florida.
A coalition of African American leaders concerned about minorities being undercounted in the 2010 Census called Wednesday for inmates at federal and state prisons to be tallied in their home communities instead of the towns where they are incarcerated.
A steady flow of new immigrants is providing a late-decade population boost to major metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Miami, New York and Los Angeles, whose states are seeking to stem declines before the 2010 census.
The U.S. Census Bureau's Chicago Regional Census Center recently announced that 45,000 people are being recruited across Indiana to work as census takers for the 2010 census between this month and June 2010. Tests for these positions -- which will pay between $12.25 and $15 an hour -- will take place through January.
U.S. Census Bureau director Robert Groves recently visited The Dallas Morning News to discuss the upcoming census count.
In less than six months, households across the country will take part in a massive nationwide survey that occurs only once every decade. This spring people from the Atlantic to the Pacific will take part in the 2010 census, part of the government's effort to paint a new portrait of the country.
In an effort to allay any fears between the immigrant community and federal authorities, officials with the 2010 Census met with consuls of several Latin American countries to ask for support in their communities to spread the word about the importance of being counted.
What will the government do with the millions of 2010 Census questionnaires once it's done counting them next year? Shred them, sell the recyclable scraps and then give the money to federal childcare facilities, according to Census Director Robert Groves.
The Census Bureau is well-known for asking questions. Now it will answer them, too. The agency's new 2010census.gov website went up this week and, when it is officially launched Monday will give people a chance to do the questioning.
Turbulent political and economic times roiling the nation are expected to diminish initial participation by households in next year's Census despite a $326 million marketing blitz that far outspends previous Census campaigns.
Which U.S. residents are more likely to do their civic duty and fill out Census forms that are due to land in mailboxes next spring? Count on folks from the upper Midwest more than those who live along the coasts.
With the start of the 2010 census just a few months away, Senator David Vitter, a Republican of Louisiana, wants to cut off financing for the count unless the survey includes a question asking if the respondent is a United States citizen. Aides say he plans to submit an amendment to the census appropriation bill soon.
A controversial amendment that would require the Census Bureau to ask for the first time whether people are in the USA illegally is headed for a Senate vote
Cities Lag in Prep for Census (CBS News)
AP) With the 2010 census looming, major U.S. cities whose residents are at high risk of being missed are struggling with a shortage of money and manpower to prepare for an accurate count.
As 2010 approaches, it becomes evermore important for citizens of the Tri-State to commit to filling out and returning their census forms next year. It should be a simple matter--the form takes only 10 minutes to complete and the law dictates individual privacy. But some among us simply do not trust government and hence, choose not to participate. That's unfortunate because the information is valuable to your community in terms of representation in the very government they do not trust, and in terms of economic development.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) - For years there have been charges that African Americans are under-represented in the U. S. Census counts conducted once every decade. It’s very possible that some African- Americans or Spanish speaking persons were under-counted in previous Census because there may have been some belief that making face-time with the government was not in their best interests,’’ acknowledges Arnold Jackson, chief operating officer for the decennial Census.
Some Hispanic advocacy groups are calling for illegal immigrants to boycott the 2010 Census unless immigration laws are changed. The move puts them at odds with leading immigrant rights advocates and creates another hurdle in the Census Bureau's quest to count everyone in the USA.
Confirmed by the Senate last week, Gary Locke, the new commerce secretary, is off to a good start. For his first official act, he attended a Census 2010 kick-off rally in the capital on Monday morning, after taking a red eye from his home state of Washington.
The faltering U.S. economy is causing concern about the ability of the 2010 census to get a full and accurate count of the U.S. population, according to Census Bureau officials and experts. The increase in home foreclosures and the rising jobless rate mean more Americans are moving out of their homes and into shelters or other locations where they may be harder for census workers to find.
What do you call a federal program that's pumping billions into the economy and creating more than a million jobs? Census 2010.
Status Update Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archive, U.S. House of Representatives
Rescue the Census (New York Times)
Congressional investigators recently outlined 13 issues for President-elect Barack Obama to focus on without delay. Most are obvious, such as military readiness, homeland security, financial regulation and Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The 2010 census also made it onto the urgent 13. It deserves to be there.
The U.S. Census is reaching out to members of Congress and community leaders to find new ways of getting accurate counts of immigrant communities in the 2010 census.
Census Plan Doesn`t Add Up (eWeek)
A failed handheld initiative points to bigger tech problems in government.
However, use of a hand-held PC developed by the Melbourne-based high-tech firm will be scaled back. Harris Corp. 's lucrative contract with the U.S. Census Bureau could more than double in value to $1.3 billion, even though the agency has shelved plans to use Harris' hand-held computers during the door-to-door portion of its 2010 head count, the company said Monday.
When the Census Bureau sends out its legions of employees to count American heads two years hence, the roughly 140,000 address canvassers and 580,000 enumerators won't be armed with custom-built handheld computers. Instead, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told a House panel on Friday, the government agency will use a paper-based system.
The Census Bureau will tell a House panel today that it will drop plans to use handheld computers to help count Americans for the 2010 census, contributing to the increase in cost for the decennial census by as much as $3 billion, according to testimony the Commerce Department secretary plans to give this afternoon.
Thank you for the opportunity to come before you today to discuss the Census Bureau and the status of the 2010 Census. The goals of the Department of Commerce are far reaching, from increasing American competitiveness to growing American exports and protecting America’s environment. Measuring American life is also a significant ongoing goal, which comes into sharper focus every 10 years with the decennial census.
For displaced residents planning on moving back to Louisiana, the Census Bureau has a suggestion.
Big worries for the nation's first high-tech census should have been obvious when the door-to-door headcounters couldn't figure out their fancy new handheld computers.
Let’s ensure precision (Las Vegas Sun)
Government auditors told Congress last week that the accuracy of the 2010 census could be in peril because the U.S. Census Bureau has not corrected some long-standing problems and has eliminated some of its precensus work.
WASHINGTON - The 2010 census is already in trouble. The handheld mobile computers that are supposed to replace the pens and paper long used by census takers aren't working properly, and delays could send the cost from $600 million to as much as $2 billion.
It looks like the latest smartphone-on-steroids, teeming with everything from GPS and wireless to a touchscreen and a stylus. Throw in an SD memory slot, fingerprint authentication and Windows Mobile 5.0, and you’ve got a powerful, easy-to-use PDA in your hands.
In contrast to the months before and after the 2000 census was conducted, federal officials say they will not suspend raids on illegal immigrants during the population count in 2010.
The 2010 Census won't begin for another three years, but advocacy groups already are jockeying to have issues they care about included in the questionnaire that will be sent to every American household.
CHICAGO (AP) - In the upcoming 2010 census, the Census Bureau for the first time will equip its temporary workforce of 500,000 people with handheld computers made by Harris, to help them make a more precise count of more than 300 million people living in the 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The two highest-ranking officials in the U.S. Census Bureau quit yesterday, putting management of the agency in flux as preparations for the next census enter a critical phase.
The Census Bureau's preparations for the 2010 national head count would be dangerously weakened by cuts in House and Senate funding bills to the president's proposed budget, agency officials and their supporters said yesterday.