Census Conference

Conference Overview

On February 26, 2010, this conference, hosted by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, brought together population researchers, community leaders, and policymakers to discuss population trends over the past 10 years and their implications for policy in the next 10 years. Bookended by recession, the last decade has seen dramatic shifts in economic prosperity, poverty, and health of the housing sector. Rising immigration, persistent suburbanization of the population, and increased population mobility have substantially altered the composition of our communities.

Experts discussed these population trends and their implications for completion of the 2010 Census. Representatives from community-based groups discussed the importance of demographic patterns and the 2010 Census to communities, as well as programmatic efforts to achieve a complete census count in the City of Chicago. In addition, a series of policy-related panels featured presentations that highlight the impact of key population trends on current health, labor market, housing, and human service policy. Other panels helped familiarize community-based organizations with publicly available Census Bureau data products and discuss data issues relevant to news reporters covering the 2010 Census in Chicago.

The goals of this conference were to raise awareness about population shifts affecting both the public and nonprofit sectors, as well as awareness about the 2010 Census. This conference was co-sponsored by: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, the Harris School of Public Policy, NORC at the University of Chicago, the Population Research Center, and the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement.

This conference was organized by Scott W. Allard, Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration and a Research Associate at the Population Research Center.