Originally published: May 18, 2010
Last updated: May 18, 2010 - 3:47pm
How will Americans use the Internet in 2020? Will we all use cellphones? Will we still have snail mail? Experts at the U.S. Census Bureau are asking those questions in preparation for the 2020 count, even as temporary workers are knocking on doors to complete the 2010 Census.
Final answers won't be needed for about eight years, but the team hopes to keep costs below the $14.7 billion budgeted for the 2010 Census and to make it possible for at least some Americans to answer questions via the Internet. "None of us can imagine doing a 2020 Census without an Internet option," Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said. Although he's overseeing the current census, most of his tenure will be tied to 2020 preparations -- and he's pushing for a more efficient operation with fewer people.
- 2010 Census Still Imperiled by Technical, Other Troubles, GAO Says
- Concerns Rise Over 2010 Census
- Legislation Calls For Independent Census Bureau
- $133 million ad campaign promotes census participation
- Census ready to start counting
- President Obama Picks Groves for Census
- Census Crunch Time
- How to Waste Money and Ruin the Census
- Can GPS make the Census better?
- Census Turns to Kids for Help
- Economy May Test Census
- Census predicts big fall in responses
- Budget impasse hurts census planning
- Lawmakers Battle on Census Question
- How the U.S. Census Is Reading Your Mind