End Manual Census Data Gathering

Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:00:11 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Defending the Flag, General, Household, Software, a little about life

I was lucky enough to be part of the chosen few to get a Census pack in the mail this last week. A process that took nine minutes of filling in bubbles with a pencil.

After taking this test (hoping I passed), I had a question. Why is this process manual? In today’s world of data aggregation, we still manually obtain Census data. Really? I would imagine there are data feeds out there to get the ball rolling in the automation realm of this process.

Private industry should be conducting the Census and selling it to the Department of Commerce with wicked audits. In its ten-year Census off season, it could, for example, generate much of the data for the Department of Labor and Statistics.

Anybody out there agree? Disagree?


  1. Jeff

    I don’t know about everyone else but the census form that I received had no “bubbles” on it. Only text fields and check boxes.

  2. Dustin

    The check boxes reminded me of taking a test in school (bubbles).