February 20, 2011

Census Director Explains Survey Changes and Challenges

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After years of counting the American population in the same way, U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves spoke at Cornell Friday about changing the way the census reaches and measures the nation.

“[The census] is important in this country because we fight over the census in a way that is ferocious,” Groves said.

The census has counted people in their hometowns since it in 1790, Groves said.

Groves said this year’s form was probably the shortest since 1790, which increased the self-response rate. Each percentage point increase in self-response rate saves the country about $85 million, he added.

Original Author: Laura Shepard