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2010 Census Results

Written By Rana G on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | 11:34 AM

(Washington, DC) -- The results of the 2010 U.S. Census show more than 308 million people are living in the U.S. now.

At a Washington, DC, press conference, Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said the 2010 count represents a nine-point-seven percent increase over the 2000 resident U.S. population count.

The new numbers show California is the most populous state, with more than 37-million residents.

Wyoming is the least-populated state, with more than 563,000 residents.

Census results show Texas notched the biggest numerical increase in population to more than 25-million residents.

Nevada had the highest percentage gain in population, growing by more than 35 percent since the 2000 Census.

The South and West regions made the biggest population increases since the last count.
The Northeast and Midwest also picked up in population count.

The Census measures population changes and density in the United States and is key in allocating billions of dollars in spending.

The numbers are also used to apportion the seats in the U.S. House among the 50 state

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The U.S. Census 2010 results will provide much more information than just how many people are in the country. Image: Flickr / US Census / CC-BY

The full results of the 2010 U.S. Census have wide-ranging effects. Everything from federal funding to Congressional seats are determined by this nationwide headcount. Tuesday morning, the 2010 Census results are being announced via live webcast that starts at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

First 2010 Census results announced

The initial announcement of 2010 Census results is scheduled for Tuesday morning. These initial results will provide a basic overview of the population and distribution of United States residents. These initial results are followed closely, mostly because they determine the number of Congressional seats for each state. These 2010 Census results mean that some states will be gaining political pull, while others will be left with less. You can watch the live webcast of the 2010 Census results on the Census 2010 website.

2010 Census results come with controversy

The 2010 Census results come with a very heavy dose of controversy. The constitution requires that a full count of the citizenry of the United States be taken every 10 years. There are many people that question the fact that the U.S. Census asks questions beyond the simple number of people living in a household. The U.S. Census also takes a measurement of the ethnicity, age and relationship of people in a household. These numbers help determine how state and federal governments spend their money. This does not, however, mean that all the 2010 Census results are embraced. Some call them a violation of privacy.

Uses of 2010 Census results

The uses of Census results expand far beyond governmental entities. Census information is often used to help accurately report statistics such as home ownership and even the unemployment rate. Businesses often use census information to determine whether there is a customer base for new stores in a particular area. Census information is also used by nonprofit organizations who want to provide their services in areas that need them the most. It will take a year or more for detailed results of the 2010 Census to be released, but Tuesday’s first major release of data is sure to provide a lot of insight into the makeup of our country.

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