"A New Portrait of America" 2010 Census Data Released
The populations of The United States of America is 308,745,538.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Acting Commerce Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank and Census Bureau Director Robert Groves revealed the figure while sharing the podium at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to a smattering of applause.
Announcements like this deserve a bit of fanfare, considering the impact changes in population and its distribution have on each state’s influence in The House or Representatives. Sure, the overall numbers are important for the nation. But the overriding purpose of conducting a federal census every 10 years is to ensure equal representation of the national population amid various geographical areas. States define these areas.
No one should be surprised when the gist, the bottom line, the numbers everybody has been waiting to hear are finally articulated 30 minutes into an hour-long presentation. Nothing like a bit of suspense to hold the interest of a crowd of journalists crammed into the seventh floor conference room of the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
Speeches always precede the goods. In this case the three principals of the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau took turns congratulating the millions of Americans who made the count so successful, not by accident, but with hard work, thoughtfulness and innovation.
"A big thanks to the American public for its overwhelming response to the 2010 Census," U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. "The result was a successful count that came in on time and well under budget, with a final 2010 Census savings of $1.87 billion."
"The 2010 Census was a massive undertaking, and in reporting these first results, we renew our commitment to our great American democracy peacefully, fairly and openly for the 23rd time in our nation's history," reiterated Rebecca Blank, now Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce.Continued on the next page