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Demographics: US Census

The US Census Bureau conducts a census of US residents every 10 years (a “decennial” census). The data collected by the this census determine the number of seats each state has in the US House of Representatives and are used to distribute billions of dollars of federal funds to local communities. Idaho receives approximately $1,200 annually, or $12,000 over a decade, for each person counted in the census.

The results of the 2010 census enable local governments to identify demographic characteristics, promote economic development, apply for grants, and determine needs for infrastructure and public services. Census population data are the basis for transportation planning, economic development, social and emergency services planning, municipal budgeting, land use planning, and more. Learn more about the 2010 census at www.census.gov/2010census/.

COMPASS worked with local jurisdictions in 2009 and 2010 to help prepare for the census. Through COMPASS’ efforts, approximately 57,000 more people were counted in the two-county area than if COMPASS had not assisted. This amounts to approximately $69 million more per year to local jurisdictions – $689 million over the next decade.

COMPASS also participates in several census preparation programs as a service to member agencies, including:

To view Idaho census statistics click here.

2014 Census Training

April 24, 2014: Making Your Case with Census Data

2013 Census Training Materials

February 25, 2013: What’s Trending Here?

February 26, 2013: Demystifying the Process of Accessing and Using Census Data

July 24, 2013: Census Mapping Tools and Employment Dynamics