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American Library Association: Census 2010 Partner

As a 2010 Census partner, the American Library Association (ALA) has helped share the 2010 Census message and supported the Census Bureau’s goal of achieving a complete count. The 2010 Census defines who we are as a nation, affects political representation and directs the allocation of billions of dollars in government funding, including support for our libraries.

Required once every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution, the census counts every person living in the United States, both citizens and noncitizens. Census data are used to reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives, re-district each state and determine the distribution of the Electoral College. Census data also directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments. The new data is critical in determining locations for new hospitals, improving schools, building new roads, expanding public transportation options and more.

In December 2010, the U.S. Census released the data online. Census data may be viewed as interactive graphical representations for Population Change, Population Density, and [Congressional] Apportionment for each decade since 1910.

A complete first look at  2010 Census Results can also be found at http://www.census.gov. The related news release from the American Library Association (ALA) can be viewed at: http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pr.cfm?id=5922.

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