Next year’s US census will be the largest and costliest ever, requiring 140,000 workers and $15 billion, the Chicago Tribune reports. Thousands of employees have already hit the field to confirm addresses in an effort to ensure oft-underrepresented renters, minorities, and the homeless are accurately counted. Other census matters of note:
- For the first time, those in dorms, group homes, prisons, and homeless shelters will be counted.
- Another first: mail-in surveys and workers carrying GPS devices will replace the standard pencil-and-paper system.
- Various groups are emerging to advocate for the representation of certain demographics—or to call for boycotts of what they call a political tool.
- The census will figure in the distribution of stimulus funding.
- Nine states are set to gain US representatives—Texas may get four new ones—while 12 states are likely to lose them.