Time for the 2010 census

March 14, 2010

Yesterday, in the middle of Cambridge, close to Harvard Yard, the Census 2010 Promotion team organised an awareness raising campaign for the 2010 US census, which will officially start next week. They distributed lots of brochures in different languages with the aim of getting the American people ready to participate. I spoke with the campaign team and they were all very motivated and eager to get started for this huge undertaking…

The difference in this US 2010 census with previous censuses is that every household has to fill out only a short questionnaire of 10 questions, and more detailed socioeconomic information previously collected through the decennial census will be asked to a small percentage of the population via the annual American Community Survey.

Since July 2008, population and housing censuses in the EU are subject to a Regulation – approved by the Council and the European Parliament – which mentions 2011 as the first reference year under this Regulation.  So next year it will be our turn!

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