All Things CensusAugust 25, 2011

How Accurate Are Counts of Same-Sex Couples?

This posting discusses the challenges for the Census Bureau in counting same-sex couples, married and unmarried. The accuracy of data depends on responses in Census Bureau questionnaires and bureau procedures to collect and edit responses, and the posting describes both.

All Things CensusMay 11, 2011

The 2020 Census—Not Too Soon to Think About It

As numbers continue to pour out of the 2010 Census, the National Research Council recently made a number of recommendations about how to improve the next national count, in 2020.

All Things CensusFebruary 22, 2011

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

People who turn to the Census Bureau’s latest data release in an effort to answer Sesame Street’s musical query may, in some cases, be puzzled by what they find.

All Things CensusFebruary 18, 2011

2010 Census: Recent Resources

The Government Accountability Office, which had included the 2010 Census on its list of high-risk activities, updated that list this month.

All Things CensusDecember 18, 2010

Evaluating How Census 2010 Reached Hard-to-Count Groups

The Census Bureau did a better job in 2010 than it had in 2000 reaching out to “hard-to-count” groups, such as minorities and renters, who are more likely to be missed by census-takers than other Americans.

All Things CensusDecember 17, 2010

Cell Phone Challenge for the Census

A newly released Government Accountability Office review of Census Bureau follow-up efforts to reduce errors in the 2010 Census raises an issue that is familiar to survey researchers: The problem of reaching the growing share of Americans who only have cell phones and not landlines.

All Things CensusDecember 15, 2010

GAO: 2010 Census Operations Successful, But Fundamental Design Needs Reform

A few days before the Census Bureau is scheduled to release the first population totals from the 2010 Census, the Government Accountability Office published three reports evaluating key operations of the decennial count.

All Things CensusDecember 6, 2010

The 2010 U.S. Population Is…

The Census Bureau today released five sets of population estimates for the nation as of April 1–but not from the soon-to-be-released 2010 Census count.

All Things CensusMay 4, 2010

Analysis of Low-Responding Census Tracts

A snapshot of the lowest-responding neighborhoods in the 2010 Census shows that more than two-thirds are in cities, and they tend to be more racially or ethnically diverse than higher-responding areas.

All Things CensusApril 29, 2010

Census Response: Role of Replacement Questionnaires

The 2010 Census mail participation rate of 72% has matched the 2000 Census rate, and Census Bureau officials have released data indicating that sending replacement questionnaires to low-responding areas may have played a role.