Popul Res Policy Rev (2013) 32:633–635 DOI 10.1007/s11113-013-9293-6 William P. O’Hare Received: 26 June 2013 / Accepted: 29 June 2013 / Published online: 5 September 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013 Introduction I am extremely pleased to be the guest editor for this special issue of Population Research and Policy Review which highlights data from the 2010 U.S. Decennial Census. Arguably, the Decennial Census is the single most important data collection effort the federal government undertakes. It is important not only for the data it provides directly, but also because it supports numerous other activities within the federal statistical system. For example, it is the basis for post-census population estimates, and it is the foundation for weighting virtually every government survey. Decennial Census data play a key role in our democratic form of government. Decennial Census data are used for reapportioning the seats in Congress and for drawing new election districts to meet the one-person one-vote requirements (Anderson and Fienberg 1999; Bryant and Dunn 1995). In addition, Census data are used in federal funding formulas that distribute more than $400 billion each year to states and localities (U.S. Senate 1992; Reamer 2010; Blumerman and Vidal 2009).Census data are often
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