Thursday, April 01, 2010

I forgot.. Census Day

I really did forget.  Census Day.  Some news reports seem to be saying today is a 'deadline' for sending in the form which isn't really right. You should send the form in tomorrow even if you had forgotten... and if not you will even be getting another one in the mail to send in.  April 1 is the reference day for the census... so what you report should reflect the state of your household as of today. 

But a question popping up.  Why are you getting a 2nd form if you already sent in your form? Basically for lots of areas its easier and cheaper to mass mail a 2nd form to everyone than to sort out who did or who didn't send them in.  and there are printing issues that would prevent spot printing on demand at this scale.. All these forms were probably printed years ago.

Gotta give the marketing folks at the Census Bureau some credit.  Lots of play with their map showing response rates.   Realize that a lot of areas and neighborhoods really can't rank high in terms of their response rates.  Everywhere the Census could identify a mailing address gets a form and in places where there is concentrated housing vacancy there can't be anyone to respond.  That will show up as a low response rate. Just the way it is.  In fact I suspect the final results will be mostly a proxy for vacancy, but we will see. 

That and if you are confused why some areas are not showing up on the map.. long answer, but it's an artifact of how the Census Bureau accounts for local municipalities in Pennsylvania.  they wind up itemizing data for boroughs and not townships.. 


Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

It opens the door to census fraud, but I suppose the kind of mass census fraud which would actually tip any scales would be pretty hard to pull off. Danny Ocean for county executive!

Friday, April 02, 2010 12:03:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

there is an id associated with each form.. If you fill out the 2nd form as well as the first you were sent it will not cause you to be double counted... if that is what you are concerned with.

Friday, April 02, 2010 8:02:00 AM  

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