The 2010 census will take place on April 1, 2010. But the U.S. Census Bureau is already getting ready by hiring part-time employees to help with the census.
The census is administered every 10 years. The new employees will play a critical role in ensuring that the 2010 census is completed successfully. Despite more resources and better planning, the 2000 Census missed over 3 million people. Minorities were disproportionately represented in those the Bureau did not count.
The data the census collects is very important. It is used by the federal government to allocate funds to state and local governments and to determine representation in Congress.