Census 2000: Fast Facts
Schedule of Events for Census 2000
- 1998 - 1999: Develop detailed address lists and start recruiting field and office workers for Census 2000. (See Jobs at the Census Bureau? Count on It!)
- Starting Mid-March 2000: Deliver census questionnaires.
- APRIL 1 2000: CENSUS DAY
- March - May 2000: Census takers will visit houses and apartments in rural and remote areas to drop off new and pick up completed census questionnaires.
- Late April - Early July 2000: Census takers visit housing units that did not return census questionnaires.
- October - November 2000: All field work is completed.
- December 31, 2000: Apportionment counts are delivered to the President of the United States.
- April 1, 2001: All states receive counts for redrawing Congressional Districts. (Redistricting)
How Big a Deal is Census 2000?
- About 275 million U.S. residents are to be counted.
- About 118 million housing units in the U.S. alone must be counted.
- Another 1.5 million housing units in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Island areas must be counted.
- From 8 to 9 million blocks to be covered by census workers in the field.
- The Census Bureau will recruit more than 3 million full and part time employees for Census 2000.
- At its peak, Census 2000 will generate more than 860,000 jobs.
- During one year, census workers will set up and dismantle about 520 local area networks, 7,800 personal computers, and 2,600 printers.
- More than 20 million detailed maps will be needed for field work.
- From 40 - 70 million questionnaires will be returned during the peak two-week period of Census 2000.
What's on the Census Forms?
The short form asks only seven questions: Name, Age, Sex, Relationship, Hispanic Origin, Race, and Housing Tenure (whether the home is owned or rented. The short form only takes about 10 minutes to fill out and will be sent to 83 percent of all houselholds.
The long form covers about 34 subjects, including Education, Income and Employment, Ancestry, Disability, and Home Heating Fuels. While the long form takes around 38 minutes to complete, it will be sent to only 1 out of every 6 households.
|Also on US Government Info/Resources|
Census 2000: Apportionment and Representation
Find out how census data is used to determine each state's representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and to draw state Congressional Districts.
Why Should You Answer the Census?
Find out how your community depends on a complete and accurate census.
Jobs at the Census Bureau? Count on It!
Thousands of full and part time workers across the nation are being hired now.
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Will Census 2000 Hurt Blacks?
African-American Culture Guide, R. Jeneen Jones, examines how Census 2000's new method for identifying race may actually work against African-Americans.
The Definition of Self
Will the new expanded race classifications of Census 2000 address the needs of multiracial individuals? Race Relations Guide, Kimberly Hohman reports.
Census 2000: Geography NetLinks
Links to all you need to know about the geographic tools of Census 2000 from Geography Guide, Matt Rosenberg.
Asian American Groups Gear Up
Guide Vincent Law reports why an accurate count in Census 2000 is of vital importance to Asian-Americans and what APA groups are doing to it happens.
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