About This Guide
The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. The 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for things like: hospitals; job training centers; schools; senior centers; bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects; and emergency services. People from many walks of life use census data to advocate for causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more. The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
For questions or further assistance with these resources, contact Christine Fletcher (662-325-0008), the Government Documents and Microforms Reference Desk on the second floor of the Library or use our Ask A Librarian service. This guide does not cover those older documents that list census participants by name, which are commonly used for tracking family histories. Such documents are released by the National Archives and Records Administration and are kept in MSU Libraries Special Collections Department.