According to the U.S. Census, the United States will enter 2010 with a population of 308.4 million, which is probably one of the least controversial aspects of what promises to be a tricky year for the Census. From Congressional complaints about too much White House involvement to a major debate about whether or not—and how—to count illegal immigrants, the 2010 Census has become a lightning rod for political controversy. There’s a lot at stake, and aside from the obvious Congressional representation and district reapportionment, the future demographic realities of a changing United States will become evident after the Census. Will we get the count right?
Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau