2000 and to achieve possibly even greater reform of the methodology for censuses in the year 2010 and beyond.



As it turned out, about 92 million questionnaires went to occupied households, and the remainder were sent to units that were determined to be vacant or no longer residential.


The items on appliances that were included in the 1960 and 1970 censuses (e.g., whether the household had a washing machine or dryer—see Appendix A) are often cited as examples of content provided to serve exclusively business marketing interests. However, these items were asked primarily because they represented important indicators for federal agencies of standard-of-living differences across the country; their use by the private sector was secondary. They may have been retained on the questionnaire for one too many censuses, but they were requested and justified by federal agencies.


People do pay some minimal amount for census data at present. The sale of census data normally includes the reproduction and publication costs.

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