Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?
People who turn to the Census Bureau’s latest data release in an effort to answer Sesame Street’s musical query may, in some cases, be puzzled by what they find. The detailed race, ethnicity and population counts make it easy to look up data for any block in America. But those numbers may not be completely accurate — and deliberately so.
State Population Estimates and Census 2010 Counts: Did They Match?
How well did the Census Bureau’s population estimates for the first decade of the 21st century match the actual counts from the 2010 Census? The short answer: Pretty well for the nation, and for all but a handful of states.
Census 2010: The Last Seat in Congress
When the 2010 Census apportionment counts were announced last month, they showed that North Carolina, which scored the last seat in 2000, fell short of winning the 435th or last seat. This time, Minnesota was the winner.
Census 2010: Apportionment Basics
The first numbers from the 2010 Census are the state population totals, the basis of the proportional division of seats in the House of Representatives since the nation’s early days. The number of House seats has been fixed at 435 since 1913, but there have been numerous tweaks in the methodology used to divide them up — and debate continues today.
Cell Phone Challenge for the Census
A newly released General Accounting Office review of Census Bureau follow-up efforts to reduce errors in the 2010 Census raises an issuefamiliar to survey researchers: How to reach the growing share of Americans who only have cell phones and not landlines.
The 2010 U.S. Population Is …
A new Census release of five estimates of the national population illustrates the intricacies and challenges of evaluating the soon-to-be-released 2010 Census count.
Census 2010: Statistics and Next Steps
As the 2010 Census information-gathering phase winds down, Director Robert Groves offered some statistics to assess how the national count has gone thus far.
Rewriting the ’Race’ Question
A former Census Director also has concerns about the way the government asks about race and ethnicity.
Census 2010: Non-response Follow-up Wrapping Up
Census Bureau Director Robert Groves says that census-takers are nearly done with knocking on doors of households from which 2010 Census forms were not received. Two managers fired for skipping interviews and using online data to fill out forms.
Census by the Books
Curious about how the decennial census got started and how it has evolved? Here’s a short list of selected books that explore its history and the controversies surrounding the count from colonial times to the present.