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2010 U.S. Census Timeline & Interesting Statistics
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Spring 2009:

About 140,000 census canvassers go door-to-door across the country to identify and record every residential address – about 145 million housing units.

February – March 2010:

U.S. census questionnaires mailed to homes throughout the country.

March 2010 – March 2011:

Census Bureau analyzes all the information gathered by the 2010 census.

March 2011:

Census Bureau delivers redistricting data to each state for their members in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Some interesting statistics for 2010 U.S. Census:  

Number of cities and towns covered by census:


Number of counties covered by census: 3,141
Number of cities and towns covered by ACS*: 520
Number of counties covered by ACS*: 788

*Remember, ACS stands for "American Community Survey," which collects more detailed information than the short-form survey that most people will be asked to fill out. The ACS also will only be sent to about 2.5% of the U.S. population, and only to those people living in areas with populations of 65,000 or more.

Rate of response to U.S. census questionnaires (e.g. people that actually filled out the questionnaires and mailed them in):
  • 1990: 65%
  • 2000: 67%
  • 2010 goal: 69%
Next, we discuss the potential expected shift in the U.S. House of Representatives due to the 2010 survey.