City of Red Wing

The 2010 Census to Use GIS and GPS Technology. Be Sure to Be Counted!

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM
knottLeanne Knott, GIS Specialist 

The 2010 Census, mandated by the United States Constitution, will compose data to create an accurate count of everyone living in the United States. Census data is used to distribute Congressional seats to states, allocate more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year, and guide decision making about what services should be provided in each community. The 2010 Census Bureau questionnaire will be one of the shortest in history consisting of only 10 questions and taking only about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the confidentiality of respondents and the information provided.

 City of Red Wing staff will coordinate efforts with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure the implementation of a successful count. Efforts began in 2008 and have continued through 2009 to improve the U.S. Census Bureau’s local address database using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. Address canvassers will use Global Positioning System (GPS) equipped handheld computers to update maps and ensure an accurate address list for the delivery of the census questionnaires.

 For general information, visit or, for questions regarding Red Wing’s participation in the 2010 Decennial Census, call 385.3619 or send an e-mail to