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CRS staff to present televised seminar on the 2010 Census and changes to data for Vermont and its communities.

The Center for Research on Vermont is pleased to begin its Fall 2009 series of events on Thursday, September 24, 2009, with Research-in-Progress Seminar #222, "Counting Vermont in the Twenty-first Century: The 2010 Census and Changes to Data on Our State and Communities," by Frederick Schmidt, Emeritus, Community Development & Applied Economics, University of Vermont, and William "Chip" Sawyer, Center for Rural Studies. "Counting Vermont in the Twenty-first Century: The 2010 Census and Changes to Data on Our State and Communities" By Frederick Schmidt, Emeritus, Community Development & Applied Economics, University of Vermont and William "Chip" Sawyer, UVM Center for Rural Studies. Thursday, September 24, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building University of Vermont In April 2010, every person and housing unit in Vermont will be counted by the United States Census Bureau. The decennial census, America's largest non-military mobilization of workers, has been a part of our history since 1790. Every decade Vermonters have eagerly awaited the updated counts of people and housing units in our state, counties, and local communities. However, this decade will be a little different. For the 2010 Census, government workers will fan out across the nation to perform basic headcounts, and then that will be all. No longer will our ten-year census provide data on income, employment, poverty, education, migration, ancestry, disability, language, transportation, and the cost and condition of housing. Vermonters and all Americans will now get these valuable data points from a new source: the American Community Survey. Beginning in 2010, we will have access to American Community Survey data on our state, counties, and communities in annual releases. This new arrangement will take some getting used to: the data for our towns and villages will be released in rolling five-year averages. Every data point will be accompanied by a margin of error. The rules of what type of resident can fill out the survey have also changed. What do these changes mean, and why were they made? What data can we expect from the 2010 Census, and for what information will we now have to turn elsewhere? This presentation will discuss the many changes that we can expect from the data on our state and its communities from the new American Community Survey. The presenters will also discuss areas that have not changed as well as the preparations being made for the twenty-second U.S. Census. The public is welcome to attend. Fred Schmidt, Founder and Emeritus Co-Director of the Center for Rural Studies has been involved with every decennial census since 1960. Despite modification of the 2010 Census, it remains a critical document reflecting changes in Vermont's 246 cities and towns. The CRS has archived this community data back to the initial data collection efforts in the 1790s. Fred has worked with local planners, transportation agencies, state government and elected officials to better understand Vermont's demographics. William "Chip" Sawyer of St. Albans, Vt., is a Project Manager at the Center for Rural Studies where he specializes in community development and planning and provides support and technical assistance for local decision-makers and entrepreneurs in Vermont. As Manager of the Vermont State Data Center, Sawyer acts as a liaison between the U.S. Census Bureau and data users in Vermont.
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