By: John Besl
At this point on the calendar one year ago, we were alerting readers to the public awareness campaign surrounding the 2010 Census, the 23rd in a string of national headcounts dating back to the first census in 1790. The initial release of 2010 Census results occurred late last year, on December 21, when Census Bureau Director Robert Groves announced that the resident population of the United States as of April 1, 2010 stood at 308.75 million, a 9.7% increase since 2000. Beyond that, the only other information released that day was population counts for each of the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This limited data release satisfied the Census Bureau’s constitutional mandate to provide population counts for dividing seats in the House of Representatives among the 50 states.