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2010 census updates what s going on now

2010 Census Updates: What’s Going on Now?

Gabriel Sanchez, Regional Director

Dallas Regional Office

Texas State Data Center Annual Affiliates Meeting

quality of the 2010 census
Quality of the 2010 Census
  • The U.S. Census Bureau has gone through great lengths to ensure we produce an accurate count of the population.
  • The goal is to make sure we count everyone once, only once and in the right place
  • At this stage, the vast majority of the quality indicators we use to measure the success of the census are coming in positive
process indicators
Process Indicators
  • Independent quality checks
    • Checks on our address list indicate that we had a more accurate list than the one we used in the 2000 Census. The address list provides a basis for a quality count
  • Short-form only
    • A better overall design with a short, 10-question form. For the first time, bilingual forms were sent to areas with a high-percentage of Spanish-speaking households
  • Participation
    • The American public achieved a mail return rate of 74%
    • For households that didn’t participate by mail, we followed up door-to-door and implemented a robust check on our census takers’ work
      • Systematic re-interview of 5 % of all census takers work to confirm quality standards were met
demographic analysis
Demographic Analysis
  • Population estimates based on birth, death, immigration and emigration estimates
  • These numbers are completely independent of 2010 Census counts
  • After consulting with the best demographers in the country and taking into account different methods, the Census Bureau developed a range of population estimates for April 1, 2010
  • In December, we were happy to report the actual 2010 Census population count was very close, within 0.09 percent, to the middle estimate
population estimates
Population Estimates
  • We also measure quality of the census through our population estimates program which we conduct continuously throughout the decade
  • Using the 2000 Census as a benchmark, we take data on births, deaths and estimates of immigration and emigration and grow the population based on that foundation.
    • It is different from Demographic Analysis because it rests on the 2000 Census rather than derived from historical data
  • The official 2010 Census count was within 0.8% of the April 1, 2010 version of the national population estimates, another good sign of a quality census
census coverage measurement
Census Coverage Measurement
  • In 2010, we will release results from the CMM program, which is a key tool in identifying the number of people missed or counted in error in the census
  • CCM uses a large post-enumeration sample survey to determine:
    • Did we miss anyone?
    • Did we count people twice?
    • Did we measure people that should not have been measured?
census coverage measurement cont
Census Coverage Measurement (cont.)
  • While the final results of this effort will not be available until 2012, we have some preliminary findings:
    • First, we have a high percentage of housing units in this survey matching the addresses for the 2010 Census count
    • Secondly, the percentage of housing units that were verified as correct enumerations in 2010 is higher than in 2000
    • Finally, we have calculated that the percentage of housing units that we found to be duplicates is lower in 2010 than in 2000