The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States. Census data are used to distribute congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The first census was onducted in 1790 under the direction of Thomas Jefferson. That census was conducted by U.S. marshals on horseback and counted 3.9 million inhabitants.
Links to latest announcements of information releases about Census 2010.
This report on race classification is a lesson in American history, covering the origin of race terms beginning with the first census in 1790 through the introduction of “Hispanic” in the 1970’s and on through to the 2010 Census.
Links to latest releases of data from the ACS, providing statistics on the social, economic, and housing characteristics of states and local communities. Data that had previously been in the decennial long form is now presented in the ongoing ACS survey, providing more current information.
Highlights racial identification categories as they have appeared in the U.S. Census beginning in 1790. This article is by CSUF professors Mikel Hogan (Human Services) and Rika Houston (Marketing).