Friday, November 14, 2008

Census 2010

This past week I was able to attend a training session at the New York Library Association's annual conference that was led by an Information Services Specialist from the Boston Regional Census Center. The next decennial census is scheduled to take place on April 1st, 2010. There have been a few changes in terms of what information will be collected through the census. The 2010 Census will only have 10 questions and every household will recieve the questionnaire. In New York State it is essential that every household fill out the questionnaire because the responses will determine the number of representatives that NYS will lose in Congress. It is predicted that the state will lose two representatives, but if every New Yorker were to be counted and surveyed, than theoretically we could only lose one seat.

The long form has been eliminated entirely and has been replaced by the American Community Survey, which will provide the detailed information on housing, income, education, etcetera that the long form previously provided. The survey is ongoing and is sent to one in six households every year. The American Community Survey is an important addition to the Census due to the fact that it is updated every year, opposed to every ten years, and can help our clients recieve more current demographic statistics. As of now, information is available for 2007.

To access Census and American Community Survey information, go to American FactFinder.

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