2010 United States Census

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2010 United States Census‏‎

The 2010 United States Census‏‎ was the twenty-third decennial U.S. Census. Conducted by the United States Census Bureau, it officially began on April 1, 2010. The primary purpose of the census is to collect data on the population and housing of the United States, which is used to allocate congressional seats, electoral votes, and government program funding.

Background[edit | edit source]

The United States Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2010 Census followed the 2000 Census and was the first to use both mail and internet responses, with a focus on increasing response rates and improving the accuracy of the data collected.

Methodology[edit | edit source]

The 2010 Census used a short form asking ten basic questions: name, sex, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether the respondent owned or rented their home. The Census Bureau mailed out census forms to all residential addresses in the United States in March 2010.

Results[edit | edit source]

The 2010 Census reported that the population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census. The region with the largest population growth was the South, with a 14.3% increase, followed by the West, with a 13.8% increase.

Controversies[edit | edit source]

The 2010 Census faced several controversies, including concerns about privacy and the accuracy of the count. Some critics argued that the census undercounted certain populations, such as immigrants and people of color.

See also[edit | edit source]

2010 United States Census Resources
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