Redistricting Data (P.L. 94-171)
Public Law 94-171, enacted by Congress in December 1975, requires the Census Bureau to provide state legislatures with the small area census population tabulations necessary for legislative redistricting. The law also specifies:
- The states choosing to participate in this voluntary program will define the small areas for which specific data tabulations are desired and submit these areas following timelines established by the Census Bureau. These small areas include census block boundaries, voting districts, and state legislative districts.
The Census Redistricting Data Program provides states the opportunity to delineate voting and state legislative districts and to suggest census block boundaries for use in the 2010 and future 2020 Census redistricting data tabulations, Census Redistricting Data Program.
To obtain the data at a geography other than County or Place visit the American FactFinder tool provided by the Census Bureau.
American Community Survey
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year - giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year. The ACS asks people about basic demographic information as well as family and relationships, income and benefits, health insurance, education, veteran status, disabilities, location of work and commute. There are three sets of American Community Survey that are released every year: the 1-year, 3-year and 5-year data sets.
You can visit the American FactFinder tool to download profiles or specific characteristics for the geography you are interested in.
The census includes everyone living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. People will be counted at their usual place of residence on April 1, 2010.
In every decennial census since 1940, two questionnaires have been used to collect information: a "short form" with only basic questions such as age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin; and a "long form" with the basic short-form questions plus about 50 additional questions on socioeconomic and housing characteristics. Only a subset of households received the long-form questionnaire—about one in every six in 2000. However, for the first time since 1940, the 2010 Census will be a short-form-only census. This is because the decennial long form has been replaced by the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide reliable and timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data every year. The ACS replaced the long form in 2010 and will continue to by collecting long-form-type information throughout the decade rather than only once every 10 years.
2010 Census Data has been posted and available for download. 2010 Census Data Products.
If you have any questions, comments or need assistance finding data contact Gina Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.