By: Stephen Tompkins
Every 10 years the United States Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau counts the number of people living in the United States–this is done via snail mail. Each home is given a form with 10 questions to fill out about the people they live with. People of all ages, races, citizens, and non-citizens are counted regarless of their legal status and are included in the city’s population.
The purpose of the census is to determine who will represent you in city council, how many representatives we will have in congress, how much educational funding, and healthcare we will receive, and several other important pieces of information all New York City citizens should know about.
The U.S. Census Bureau has to submit the results of the census to President Barach Obama by December 31, 2010. This will help determine the congressional district you live in, and who will represent you in it.
Forms will be mailed to New York City citizens during February and march of 2010 and must be mailed back to the USDCCB by April 1.
As of July 2008 New York City’s population is 8.36 million people.
For more information on the census visit: http://nyc.gov/html/census2010/html/home/home.shtml