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Technology to enable 'most accurate census ever'

Rachel Wheeler Archive
The US Census Bureau is making use of state-of-the art technology to ensure its readings are accurate for the 2010 survey.

Arnold Jackson, associate director for the 2010 decennial census programs, told the Christian Science Monitor that door-to-door canvassing is currently underway to build up as thorough a mailing list as possible for when it is time to mail the census surveys next year.

He commented: "It allows us to make sure that addresses and physical locations match up better.

"It also helps with precise boundaries, so that your congressional, state, legislative and town council [officials], which use census data that rely on boundaries, can have more precise delineation."

Mr Jackson went on to say that making use of the new technology, which includes 151,000 hand held computers, is likely to help create a more precise housing unit location than in previous years and pave the way for a more accurate census.

Last week, David Drozd of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Centre for Public Affairs Research told the World-Herald news service that the American Community Survey, a questionnaire mailed monthly to 250,000 randomly chosen residents, will this year coincide with pre-census verification in the region this year.