2010 is a census year, as established in the U.S. Constitution:
"[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct."
The first national census was held in 1790.
TC Daily Planet coverage of the 2010 Census is funded in part by a grant from the F.R. Bigelow Foundation.
For more information:
• Click here for a list of the ten questions and how to answer them or click here to view an interactive form (U.S. Census website.)
• Scroll down this page and look in column one for a choice of languages for the census form and application. You can find Spanish, Hmong, Somali and much more.
• The City of Minneapolis has its own census web page.
After nearly a year and a half of hype the 2010 Census arrived at our house today. This is my first census with a family and house of my own. Last time around my parents were one of the "lucky" ones who received the long form -- this has been done away with this time around. MORE »
The huge number of jobs available for the census is seemingly good news for unemployed workers, for though the work is temporary, the pay is decent (In Minneapolis, the rate starts at $16.50/hour.) As community groups organize like mad to make sure that every single person gets counted, the U.S. Census Bureau slowly but surely has been hiring staff members, both to manage the enormous administrative duties that the census entails, and also to do the difficult task of going door to door, making sure that each person in this country is counted. But a number of factors make hiring people from underrepresented communities difficult. MORE »
"For me, it has been one of the easiest sells I've ever done," said Claudia Fuentes. "The community has been overwhelmingly open to this."MORE »
In Minneapolis and St. Paul, under-counting American Indians on the U.S. Census has led to reduction in federal funding for urban American Indian communities since 2000. Census officials recently visited Minneapolis to encourage American Indians, "Be Counted!" on the 2010 census. MORE »
Woman from the Horn of Africa shares with Mshale reporter her parent's experience with government in Somalia. (Photo by Ramla Bile/Mshale)
Despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has time and again upheld the spirit and confidentiality of census information, issues regarding access and privacy continue to persist with communities across the state. MORE »
Brinkley Hayden, left, talks with Census Bureau Director Robert Groves at Midtown Market in Minneapolis
Local officials and others are going all out to ensure that Blacks, other people of color and immigrants in Minnesota are fully counted in the 2010 U.S. Census. "We're trying," said U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves in an interview prior to his appearance at a February 18 rally at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis. MORE »
From all indications, we can't take the need for an accurate count of all our state's residents too seriously.
Sometime in mid-March, your letter carrier will deliver your 2010 U.S. Census form in the mail: 10 questions. Take a few minutes to fill out the form and return it in the mail by April 1.MORE »
Tony Mayo (above) and Dwayne Blair (below) Photos by James L. Stroud, Jr.
Historically, African Americans have led the way when it comes to disparities in many categories. African Americans were the largest ethnic group undercounted in the 2000 Census.MORE »
African immigrants begin census training
The federal government tells us that everyone counts, but when it comes to the national Census too few actually do-and that fact robs Minneapolis neighborhoods of millions of dollars. MORE »