Is It the Census, an Estimate, or a Projection...

Recently, the State Demographer’s office released population projections for 2010 through 2030. We did a press release for that and the document can be found by clicking here. Some stories have sounded like the projection for 2010 is the estimate for 2010. That is not the case and this blog is being written to clarify the difference between the these two terms – estimates and projections. There will be a lot of information about 2010 coming out n the coming months. Here is a summary of the key products and their differences. THE 2010 SHORT FORM CENSUS OR DECENNIAL CENSUS An analogy for the Census is the inventory or hard count used in retail stores. The Census is an effort to count everyone at one time at their usual place of residence. It is the official count of the population and is used to apportion the House of Representatives, redistrict congressional and state legislative districts, and is used is various Federal funding formulas. It is used to gauge the accuracy of population...