I received my 2010 Census in the mail yesterday and promptly sent it out. The hype regarding how short it was going to be is true, with a whopping 9 questions. The questions were standard:
1) how many people living in the house
5) Hispanic origin
6) relationship status
7) do you own/rent
8) telephone number
9) do you live here
It took me all of 10 minutes to fill out for all three of us in my household. The race/Hispanic question threw me for a loop simply because it said Hispanic is not a race, so i had to put down other and obviously filled out the Hispanic section.
All this being said, what kind of demographics will we as planners be able to get with such a short form and lack of a "long form" that was sent out to various, but not all household in 2000 that gave planners a wealth of information such as income, employment, industry type, disabilities, commute times and distances, unit types, etc. Why wasn't a long form sent out this go around?
Some folks will point out that the purpose is simply a head count, nothing more nothing less, however there is great value to the data collected to planners and others to help build a snap shot of the April 1, 2010 as well as shape decisions in the future. What say you.