2010 United States Census

The twenty-third United States Census will be the next national census in the United States. The census has been conducted every 10 years, as required by the United States Constitution, with the previous one completed in 2000.

Cost

The Government Accountability Office estimated in 2004 that the cost of the census could climb to over $11 billion. In a detailed report to Congress, it called on the Census Bureau to address cost and design issues. [http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-04-37]

Lockheed Martin won a six-year, $500 million contract to capture and standardize data for the census. The contract includes systems, facilities, and staffing for about a quarter of the projected $11.3 billion cost of the decennial census. [ [http://www.fcw.com/article89148-06-13-05-Print Preparing for a decennial task ] ] This will be the first census to use hand-held computing devices with GPS capability. [ [http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2006/commerce.html Budget of the United States Government, FY 2006 ] ] Unlike the 2000 census, an Internet response option will not be offered. [cite web | url=http://www.itif.org/files/eCensusUnplugged.pdf | title=e-Census Unplugged: Why Americans Should Be Able to Complete the Census Online]

Same-sex marriage

As of|2008|10, three states (Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut) allow marriages between partners of any gender combination to be performed by the state. In addition, New York recognizes marriages between partners of the same gender performed in other states as legal. Despite this, the 2010 U.S. Census will not count such marriages as marriages. [Cite web| url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/16/AR2008071602566.html| title=2010 "Census Won't Count Gay Marriages"| publisher="Washington Post"] The legal basis for this is the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing marriages between two persons of the same gender.

References

External links

*Cite web| url=http://www.census.gov/2010census/| title=2010 Census| publisher=U.S. Census Bureau


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