Wednesday, February 2, 2011
2010 Census Data is Coming
Last year we all filled out our forms for the 2010 census. Now the question is, when will we see the results? Churches are curious to see who is living within their parish ministry area.
The President gets the first look. The law says the President must see the numbers within nine months of Census Day (April 1, 2010).
The Census Bureau has already released the 2010 data for each state. For example, the 2010 population of Oregon is 3,831,074, an increase of 12% over the 2000 population.
The law also requires the earliest release of 2010 data for use in redistricting. This data will roll out by April 1, 2011 by state and includes race, ethnicity, voting age and housing unit tallies at the local level. The first states to roll out will be Virginia, New Jersey, Louisiana and Mississippi. This will be the first opportunity for churches to gather information about their local community.
After the need to feed the redistricting process, the rest of the census 2010 data will begin to flow. Look for these files to come from April 2011 through September 2013. Your local newspaper will likely alert you to the release of data of interest to you.