Results of 2010 Census to be released
December 20th, 2010
02:23 PM ET

Results of 2010 Census to be released

How many people live in the United States, and which states will gain and lose congressional seats as the result of population shifts?

The U.S. Census Bureau will answer those questions Tuesday.

The first official results from the 2010 Census will be released at 11 a.m. ET, including the nation's total resident population and new congressional apportionment totals for each state.

The census determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress, and states base the size and shape of their districts in part on census figures. and will provide complete coverage, including a look at the fastest- and slowest-growing states. The data could provide insight into whether the nation's two-year economic downturn has forced people to move.

You can watch a live webcast of the announcement here.

And while the government may not be known for kicking out exciting graphics, the Census Bureau has posted a cool interactive map showing how the population has moved with every 10-year count since 1910.

The Census Bureau has previously released snapshots of data through the American Community Survey, but that is based on sampling, not on the complete count taken last spring.

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  1. catigxone

    The census basically counts the general population of the area. Questions are pretty basic and straight forward, are you female/male, is it a permanent residence or temporary home, how many people reside in the residence. Income/ number of rooms in your room, etc never come into question. If anything, that probably was a real estate agent sizing up the community and doing research on the neighborhood.

    Truth of the matter is, the census does ask for ethnicity – however, it is completely optional as to how you respond. You could say you're "Orange" and that answer would be accepted. I found it interesting that a lot of people could not speak or read in English. I also found it interesting how standoff-ish people were. People talk about privacy laws and what not, but there they are constantly updating their facebook statuses, logging into foursquare, yelp, and what have you. Do you not realize that every time you use your credit card, you're basically putting an imprint of where you were and on what day? Obviously, there are many holes in the system and many people were not counted. People can talk about Latino pride, the majority/minority, and what have you, the fact of the matter is, we're all Americans and we all should be concerned about what is affecting everyone not just one group.

    December 21, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    @Jack...your government leaves your borders open so the slaves can get in, and you make fun of them? Risking allowing the "terrorists" in along with them, and you think it's funny? Perhaps the borders should be sealed and you, Jack, can herd our sheep and pick our fruit.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Hey once know as "the golden state" California is made of aluminum. We've been recycled.
    Thanks for looking!

    December 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
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