U.S. Census Bureau

Blog post
July 20, 2009, 7pm PDT

One of the interesting parts of my position at the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council over the past year has been working with U.S. Census Bureau surveys and data. Since last September, this work has included preparations to ensure the region is prepared for the 2010 Census.

Mandated by the U.S. Constitution to determine political representation, every planner knows the U.S. Census has become the single most important data source for studying American cities. The U.S. Census Bureau produces dozens of surveys, the Census held once every ten years is by far the most important. Many of the other surveys, as well as countless private sector studies and projections, depend on the decennial census numbers.

Robert Goodspeed
July 1, 2009, 6am PDT
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a list of the fastest-growing cities, in terms of population growth. Those on the list are hoping their growth will pull them through the recession.
The Christian Science Monitor
April 27, 2009, 7am PDT
Fewer Americans moved over the past year than any other year since 1962, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The New York Times
March 24, 2009, 2pm PDT
Increased ethnic and language diversity, combined with widespread housing abandonment will make data gathering for the 2010 Census especially challenging.
CBS News
March 29, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Sixteen percent of all American moving between July 2006 and July 2007 headed to Texas according to Census data released March 27. Four Texas regions were among the top ten destinations, mostly in the South and West.</p>
Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
March 27, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Technological issues with the handheld computers to be used in the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Census have frustrated officials and have them considering a plan to return to the traditional paper and pencil counting method of years past.</p>
CNN
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