Census 2010

The 2010 Census helps ensure that your academic community receives its fair share of political representation and government funding. Census data directly affect how billions of dollars per year in federal funding are allocated to local, state, and tribal governments.

Census 2010 student receiving formThe Census: A Snapshot

  • What: The Census is a count of everyone residing in the United States.
  • Who: All U.S. residents must be counted - people of all races and ethnic groups, both citizens and non-citizens.
  • When: Census Day is April 1, 2010. Questionnaire responses should represent the household as it exists on this day.
  • Why: The U.S. Constitution requires a national Census once every 10 years to update state population counts and determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • How: Census questionnaires will be delivered or mailed to residential addresses in March 2010. Individual Census questionnaires will be delivered to on-campus housing for dissemination to students.

A Complete Count: The Importance of Census Data to the Albany Community

  • Every year, billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to states and communities based on Census data.
  • Census data affect college tuition grant and loan programs.
  • Census data inform decisions about funding for critical services in the Albany community, like transportation, public safety, medical care, and road repairs.
  • Census data inform and support important research done by college faculty, students, librarians, and community leaders.
  • Census data affect your voice in Congress, as well as the redistricting of state legislatures and local voting districts.
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