The U.S. Constitution requires that a national census be conducted once every 10 years, and it is critical that citizens and non-citizens participate to ensure that the census accurately counts everyone residing in the United States. Based on census data, more than $300 billion in federal funds are awarded to states and communities each year, and census data is also used by local decision-makers to determine where new roads, hospitals and schools are built. Census data also affects representation in Congress by determining how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.
2010 Census Key Dates
- February - March 2010 - Census questionnaires mailed to households
- April 1, 2010 - Census Day - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will host a National Census Day Rally at 11 a.m. at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC to provide the public with an educational and engaging experience that brings the 2010 Census to life.
- April - July 2010 - Census takers visit households that did not return questionnaires by mail
- December 2010 - Census Bureau delivers totals to President
- March 2011 - Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states
2010 Census JobsConducting the census is a huge undertaking. Thousands of census takers are needed to fill a variety of positions across the country. Census takers update address lists and conduct interviews with community residents. Most positions require a valid driver's license and use of a vehicle. However, public transportation may be authorized in certain areas. Census takers work flexible hours, are paid while training, and work within their own community. Hours are normally 20 to 40 hours per week.
Census takers receive competitive pay on a weekly basis. In addition, they are reimbursed for authorized mileage and related expenses. All census takers must be able to speak English, but bilingual skills in English and other languages are needed in communities that have a large number of residents who speak a language other than English.
Toll-free Jobs Line: 1-866-861-2010
2010 Census Jobs Website
The U.S. Census Bureau headquarters is located in Suitland, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Services - Civil, based in Rockville, Maryland, will deliver the technologies to process the data collected for the 2010 Census.
For specific state and county census data, see census.gov