US Census Info Center

In 1988, the National Urban League worked with the U.S. Census bureau to create the Census Information Center (CIC) program. It was one of the five original CIC's, designed to expand access to Census information for underserved communities. Today the program includes over 50 other organizations across the country. The National Urban League's center is located in its Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. This center serves as a resource for the National Urban League and its hundred-plus affiliates to access Census and other relevant information.

The 2012 Census

A census of governments is taken at 5-year intervals as required by law under Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 161. The 2012 Census, similar to those taken since 1957, covers three major subject fields: government organization, public employment, and government finances.

The data will be released by:

  • level of government (state, local, or state and local combined),
  • type of government (state, county, city, township, special district, school district), and
  • category of governmental activity.

The 2012 Census of Governments will be conducted in three phrases beginning October 2011 and continuing through late 2012.


The Organization component will mail October 2011 to collect information on the number and types of governments by state.


The Employment component will mail March 2012 to collect information on the number of state and local government civilian employees and their payrolls.


The Finance component will mail October 2012 collecting information on revenues, expenditures, assets, debt, and pensions.

  • Upcoming forms and information collected will be provided October 2012.


The 2010 Census

On April 1, 2010, the decennial Census occured.  Every ten years, as required by the Constitution, the federal government conducts a Census to find out how many people are living in the United States and where they live.  The information is used to distribute political power--determining not only how many representatives each state will have but also legislative boundaries within each state.  The Census is also used to determine how over $300 billion in federal funding every year is spent on education, health care, transportation and other vital areas.  For more information on the 2010 Census and its importance to African-Americans, please see the attached factsheet or visit the 2010 Census website.  The 2010 Census information includes information about becoming a Census partner and about the 1.4 million temporary workers the Census will need to hire.


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