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Fixing the Census
By Alan B. Krueger (Alan B. Krueger is an economics professor at Princeton).
January 26, 2009, 6:31 am

Serious problems in the planning for the 2010 census have been in the news lately. The census has fallen well behind schedule because of technology glitches, and as a result the Government Accountability Office has listed the population count as one of the 13 urgent issues requiring immediate attention in the first year of the new presidential administration, up there with homeland security and Iraq. Without urgent action to prepare and test survey procedures, the 2010 census will miss more people than the 2000 census.

Why should you care? The census provides the foundation for computing many economic statistics, including the unemployment and poverty rates, and is the basis for congressional redistricting. Census data are also used to allocate money to states and local areas. Minorities and city dwellers are more likely to be undercounted by the census. Thus, problems with the census have serious economic and political consequences...

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Data Show Steady Drop in Americans on Move
December 21, 2008

Despite the nation’s reputation as a rootless society, only about one in 10 Americans moved in the last year — roughly half the proportion that changed residences as recently as four decades ago, census data show.

The monthly Current Population Survey found that fewer than 12 percent of Americans moved since 2007, a decline of nearly a full percentage point compared with the year before. In the 1950s and ’60s, the number of movers hovered near 20 percent...

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Estimate from State Data Center at UCONN...is this partially the result of lagging housing starts and sales of existing units?  What will the housing data forthcoming from Census 2010 show?
Growth stalls in the state
By Kate King, Special Correspondent
Article Launched: 07/11/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT

Fairfield County saw a small increase in population despite a drop statewide, according to census figures released yesterday.

Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien and Westport all saw minor increases, according to the data. Norwalk posted a decline of 0.1 percent.  But the statewide picture isn't promising, experts say, pointing to a shrinking work force, loss of jobs, an aging population and a potential reduction in state representation in Washington, D.C.

"This population growth is consistent with our slow growth in the recent past," said Lisa Mercurio, director of the Business Council of Fairfield County. "New England as a whole has been growing more slowly than the rest of the U.S..."

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"About Town" notes that census data counts the number of  people living in a residence--but it is always an under-counted number because people tend to not declare illegal apartments, more families living in an apartment than the lease permits, or illegal alians...
2010 Census: Who Should Count?
By MICHAEL REGAN | Courant Staff Writer
September 30, 2007

Border states in America's South and West are battlegrounds in the debate over illegal immigration, but when it's time to pass out seats in Congress, they are beneficiaries as well, a new study says.

Because of their large populations of undocumented residents, Texas and Arizona will each get one extra seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2010 Census, the Connecticut State Data Center projects in a report being released today. California will keep two seats it otherwise would have lost.

Overall, the South and West each stand to gain five seats in the House, the center at the University of Connecticut says. If it weren't for their populations of illegal immigrants, each of these regions would gain only three.

The big loser in the reapportionment will be the Midwest, the center says. Five states in that region are projected to lose a total of six seats, four more than they would have if illegal immigrants were not included in the census tally.

Connecticut, which lost a seat in the last reapportionment, should keep the five it now has, but the Northeast as a whole will lose four - two in New York and one each in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

There's more than congressional clout at stake in the reapportionment: It also helps determine the makeup of the Electoral College. And the census itself influences everything from federal aid to the makeup of state legislatures. So as the 2010 Census approaches, attention is turning to the issue of whether it's fair to continue counting illegal immigrants.

Orlando J. Rodriguez, manager of the Connecticut State Data Center and author of the new report, considered that issue when designing the study. He figured the reapportionment two ways - one in which all residents are counted, as is currently done, and one in which illegal immigrants are factored out. Although politics watchers have been handicapping the 2010 reapportionment almost since 2000 was completed, Rodriguez said this is the first study he knows of to factor in the immigration question...

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From the past...
Census: Connecticut Homes Got Bigger In '90s - Associated Press

September 03, 2001

HARTFORD Conn. (AP) - Soaring land prices and new zoning regulations led to a surge in the construction of large homes in Connecticut during the 1990s, according to homebuilders and a new survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Between 1990 and 2000, the number of large homes with nine or more rooms increased 14 percent while the number of medium-size houses with three to five rooms remained stagnant, the survey shows.

The data also showed a surprisingly rapid increase in the number of small homes with two rooms, which some housing experts attributed to the construction of homes with assisted-living services for older people.

Homebuilders say land prices and zoning regulations have forced them to build bigger houses.

"It's getting more and more difficult to basically make a reasonable profit building smaller homes," said Bill Ethier, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Connecticut. "If you have to spend $100,000 or $200,000 just to buy a lot, it's very difficult to put a modest-sized house on that lot."

State Rep. Jefferson B. Davis, D-Pomfret, co-chairman of the Legislature's Planning and Development Committee, agrees with homebuilders that local land regulations and local governments' heavy reliance on property taxes limit development to big houses on big lots.

With the bigger lots, people of different income levels are being prevented from sharing a sense of community, Davis said.

"It has struck me, as I listen to people around the state, that the issue of community is extremely important, whether it's a city or a suburb or a rural area," he said. "People have been expressing real hurt and a personal sense of loss as they see their view of community vanishing."

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