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Friday, April 13, 2007

Practice Makes Perfect Census

The Census Bureau will be holding a dress rehearsal for the 2010 enumeration.

This week census officials announced a practice count that will be taken in nine counties around Fayetteville, N.C., and in San Joaquin County, Calif. This year, for the first time, census workers will use satellite technology — hand-held global positioning devices that pinpoint each residence and transmit data instantly.

"You really have to test, test, test because you only get one shot," said Preston Jay Waite, deputy director of the Census Bureau. [Link]
Another takeaway from the article: "The questionnaires for the 2010 census are shorter than any since the first census was taken in 1790." Why bother asking questions when they can just tap your phone and read your emails?

Here are a couple of sites that list historical census questions:

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