2010 U.S. Census and American Community Survey
Don't Miss The Count
The Navy is committed to assisting the Census Bureau with the enumeration of military personnel and ensuring military personnel serving our country are fully included in the 23rd decennial census of population and housing.
U.S. Decennial Census
Every ten years the federal government conducts a census of the population and housing of the United States to collect statistical information which allows government agencies to make important resource decisions.
The Census Bureau will conduct the Nations's 23rd decennial census as of April 1, 2010. The objective is to obtain an accurate count of the resident population of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas. The decennial census is based upon where people live (i.e., based upon a person's address where they reside, not their home of record). The census activities include collecting population data on Navy personnel, their dependents, and civilians living on military installations and Sailors assigned to ships homeported in the United States.
The Census Bureau will also count military personnel and their dependents assigned overseas. Military personnel currently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan will be counted in the overseas population. Data on overseas personnel and their dependents will be conducted via Department of Defense administrative records.
American Community Survey (ACS)
The Census Bureau has designed the American Community Survey (ACS) to replace the census long form for the 2010 census. The ACS is conducted monthly among a small sample of the population to produce a timely statistical picture of trends that affect our nation. Individuals have a chance of being selected once every five years.
Timeline of Activities for the 2010 Decennial Census
Address Canvassing (Spring 2009): Updates the address list of all living quarters on military installations.
Group Quarters Validation (Fall 2009): Census Bureau collects information regarding group quarters (e.g., bachelors quarters, military prisons) and other living quarters (e.g., campgrounds, marinas) on military installations.
Group Quarters Advance Visit (Winter 2010): Census Bureau prepares military installation to conduct enumeration of group quarters.
Census Day (1 April 2010):
All military personnel living in group quarters in the United States and all personnel onboard ships homeported in the United States will complete a census enumeration form.
Those personnel living in family housing or off-base should receive a census enumeration form in the mail for completion and return by mail.
Non-response follow-up(Spring-Summer 2010): Shortly after Census Day, the Census Bureau identifies those addresses for which no response was received. Census workers will then visit every address, for which no response was received, and conduct interviews using a paper questionanaire.