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The 2010 Census

census.gifThe new year is a time for many people to make New Years' resolutions. Make it one of your resolutions to get counted in the 2010 Census.

The decennial, or every ten year, census is the official count of all U.S. residents. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. The first census was conducted in 1790. Information collected by the census helps determine how federal funding is distributed for infrastructure and services. Census participation is required under Title 13, Section 221 of the United States Code.

Census questionnaires will be sent to all residences by March 2010, and should be mailed back by April 1st. You can preview the form here.

Census information isn't just important for counting today's population. It can be useful to anyone conducting family history research. Some historic Census records can be found at the Utah State Archives and the Utah State History Research Center. Also, the Utah State Library's Pioneer databases offers Utah library cardholders and residents access to Heritage Quest Online, a database where you can search federal census records from 1790 to 1930.

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