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January 4, 2010 - 2010 Census Road Tour Kickoff!

Beginning in January 2010, the Portrait of America Road Tour will travel across the United States and Puerto Rico to educate communities about the 2010 Census and encourage every individual to complete and return the 10-question census form when it arrives in March 2010.

  • Traveling for a total of 1,547 days, 13 Road Tour vehicles will stop at more than 800 community gatherings, celebrations and sporting events.

  • The Road Tour is expected to travel more than 150,000 miles across the country, and will be viewed by an estimated 18 million people while in transit.

  • The Road Tour will provide the public with an educational, engaging and interactive experience that brings the 2010 Census to life. At the Road Tour events, attendees will:

    Learn about the 2010 Census and understand the benefits a complete count can bring to communities everywhere.


    View a sample 2010 Census form and learn how to fill it out in advance of it being mailed to them.


    Learn how the collected information is used.


    Contribute their story and photo to the Portrait of America project to explain why “I count!” and view messages from other Road Tour participants. This interactive portrait will affirm that participation in the census is a way to let the country know what their community needs for the next 10 years.

  • Those who cannot attend a Road Tour event in person can participate in the Road Tour’s interactive, online experience by logging onto 2010census.gov. They can view stories from Road Tour participants on the 2010 Census YouTube and Flickr channels, track the Road Tour throughout the country on the Web site’s interactive map, and follow the tour on Twitter, Facebook and the 2010 Census blog.

    Twitter: @2010Portrait


    Facebook: Facebook.com/USCensusBureau


    Flickr: Flickr.com/USCensusBureau


    YouTube: YouTube.com/USCensusBureau


    Blog: blogs.census.gov

    Corporate partners of the Road Tour include 3M, Best Buy, BET, Carbonfund.org, CMT, Google, MTV, Sesame Street, Sprint, Telemundo and Valero Energy. These trusted voices are helping to communicate the importance of 2010 Census participation to their employees, customers and community.

    Emissions from the 2010 Census Road Tour will be completely offset by Carbonfund.org, which has agreed to donate carbon credits to offset the Road Tour’s estimated 202.8 metric ton carbon footprint.



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