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Census bureau completes address verification

Rachel Wheeler Archive
The census bureau has successfully completed a nationwide address verification survey designed to ensure better data quality ahead of next year's census.

Over 150,000 census employees checked 145 million US addresses using handheld computers to process all the relevant information and move further away from having to make paper records of their findings, reports IDG News Services.

Using the new technology helped employees finish the survey a week earlier than scheduled, despite flooding in some areas of the southern states causing delays.

According to the news source, Dan Weinberg, assistant director for the Decennial Census, said: "The operation was a great success. The handheld computers worked well, according to all of our metrics."

Plans to use the new technology for the census were first put forward three years ago and were postponed last year when the cost ballooned to $800 million.

Robert Groves, the census director, recently said that efforts were being made to make sure the census was as environmentally-conscious as possible.