Five Census Myths (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

With the U.S. Census approaching, we clear up some common myths about the count. Demographer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, William Frey, shares a myth about the U.S. Census each day this week.


William Frey

Comments [5]

April in NY

The only Required info for the 2010 Census is: Number of People in the Houshold.

You are Not Required to provide: Birthdate, Age, etc.

Mar. 22 2010 12:00 PM
April in NY

The only info in the 2010 Census that you are required to provide is: number of people residing in your home.
You are Not Required to provide Birthdate, Age, etc.
This info has not been made public.

Mar. 22 2010 11:57 AM
Peter from Berkeley Hts NJ

I think the 'incarcerated' issue needs full examination.

Even the issue of College students doesn't distort populations like prisons.

In the case of prisons, ... the system can be 'gamed!'
If a state 'exports' prisoners for cost savings (as CA does), and another state accepts them for a year or two while the census is conducted, the population shift may cause the re-appropriation of representatives. This could last Beyond the term of imprisonment!

And as for appropriating resources for towns with prisons:
What prisoner needs a local school for his children?
or Hospital? (usually within the prison)
or Park? or Highway?
Prison facilities distort populations... and needs.
Prisoners should be considered 'residents' of the locale where they are expected to be released. Usually where they were arrested.

Mar. 02 2010 12:15 PM
Amy from Manhattan

No! Not "younging," any more than we say "olding"! The opposite of "aging" would be "youthing." Maybe I'll take this up with Pat O'Conner on Leonard's show....

Arrgh! Especially since I keep getting "There was a problem submitting your comment"! This is happening a lot lately--could someone look into it?

Mar. 02 2010 12:08 PM
hjs from 11211

last year minnesota congress person michele bachmann said the census was filled with "very personal questions" that could be used by the president's allies for political reasons so she won't be answering them.

should we fear the government in this way?

Mar. 02 2010 09:09 AM

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