Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Blog

UPDATE: In addition to the release of data from the decennial Census next week, The Census Bureau has released 5-year estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS). This data reflects surveying that took place from 2005-2009. The ACS is a rolling monthly survey administered by the Census Bureau that captures socioeconomic data based on random samplings of the country. Click on the link to see an interactive map based on data from the ACS

On December 21, the U.S. Census Bureau will release the numbers from the 2010 decennial Census. As mandated by the Constitution, the decennial census is not only an official count of the U.S. population but is also used to reapportion seats in the House of Representatives. Districts within states are readjusted – and thus the number of state representatives in congress reapportioned – based on the shifts in state populations.

As a Census Information Center (CIC), AAIF uses the data from the Census as well as the ACS to understand social characteristics about our community. In the months leading up to the 2010 Census, AAIF participated in a campaign to encourage our community to write in their ethnicity in order to capture a more accurate count of the country’s Arab population.

District apportionment is a significant recurrence, so we encourage you to watch this video to learn more about how our Members of Congress are divided among the states. The Census Bureau also offers some useful interactive tools to track our nation’s shifting (and growing) population.


Watch: The U.S. Census and the Amazing Apportionment Machine