It was just about a year ago when we started to see Census 2010 marketing campaigns surface, reaching out to remind and motivate citizens that on April 1st, 2010, every man, woman and child needed to be counted! City’s all around the nation started to design their own campaigns directed towards specific populations within their community in hopes of counting citizens, especially hard to count populations.
The City of Miami Gardens, created its own Census 2010 Campaign: “Stand Up, Be Heard, and Be Counted!” Since this was the first time the City of Miami Gardens would be officially counted in a U.S., Census. The City collaborated with various civic organizations, churches, schools, Miami Dade County, other city municipalities and the local U.S. Census office with one goal in mind, to get every person living within the City of Miami Gardens counted! With much success, over 76% of its household s in the Miami Gardens mailed in their completed Census forms.
The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.
Preliminary numbers released by the Census last week have gained Florida 2 new House seats. According to the new data, Florida’s population increased by 18.9M since the 2000 Census, a 17.6 % increase.
In March 2011 the Census Bureau will release 2010 Census city population through their American Factfinder web site. The American Factfinder currently provides a wide range of data estimated for 2009. According to the US Census’ 2010 Census Data Products, the first planned release of detailed 2010 Census data will be February/March 2011 of Census Redistricting Data. This data will be by the smallest Census geographic unit, the Block. It will include population counts for race and Hispanic or Latino categories broken down into great detail, as well as housing unit counts by occupancy status (occupied units, vacant units). Once we obtain the redistricting data and put it into our computerized map system, we’ll be able to count the number of persons in each of our four City Council districts. To see Miami Gardens on the American Factfinder, click on the following:
http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ADPTa ble?_bm=y&-context=adp&qr_name=ACS _2009_1YR_G00_DP2&ds_name=ACS_2 009_1YR_G00_&-tree_id=309&redoLog= false&-_caller=geoselect&geo_id=16000U S1245060&-format=&_lang=en
For more information, please visit the link below to an interactive Census 2010 data website
The City of Miami Gardens will continue to update you on Census numbers, especially for the City. In the meantime, we thank each and every resident for participating in the City of Miami Gardens 2010 Census Complete Count Campaign and for making it a successful one!