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A damaging report about the ability of the 2010 Census to fairly and accurately count people in rural areas

Thanks to the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire for the following:

Rural Census Problems

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9 Responses to “A damaging report about the ability of the 2010 Census to fairly and accurately count people in rural areas”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Couldn’t read the report due to “embedded” issues.

    Yes, there are accuracy issues with the rural count. We were told that census forms were hand-delivered to rural residents because they did not receive census packets in March. Problems with map spots, addresses to the post office, etc. It takes time to drive, park, and walk up to many of the rural homes – time the Census offices did not allow many enumerators to work. The poorest, rural areas needed the Census count the most. They may be denied extra funding for schools, roads, improvements due to being left out of the NRFU counts – just because enumerators will not go to their areas or LOC will not allow enumerators to take the time to accurately perform their duties. Just because the Census wants to report their work “under budget and return money to the Treasury”. The rural residents with 50% participation rates have so much to lose for the next 10 years. Let the enumerators do count rural America.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Correction: Let the enumerators do an accurate count of rural America.

  3. CliveEM Says:

    In “Dog Patch” Independence, Missouri the residents DO NOT want you to even be in the neighborhood to the point of threatening you physically if you try and do your job. Not surprising they are inbred, violent, all kinds of ignorant and they hate the government.

  4. Dairyland CL Says:

    Like one of my crew is fond of saying; This is the same government that is now handling our health care.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Yes, Clive, there were sawed off shotguns pointed at us and plenty of “Keep Out” signs posted on doors and fences. However, there were individuals who wanted to be part of the census count – rural schools consolidating due to lack of funds, natural disaster areas, and poor areas.

  6. LCO-AM Says:

    We’ve also run into the guns. “I gotta bullet with you name on it” was one comment an enumerator had to deal with.

    People waving guns, no tresspassing signs, all a part of the job and it has happened in probably every census before and it will happen in every one after.

    Nude males answering the door is another fun one, why are there not nude women answering the door?

  7. sg Says:

    “Like one of my crew is fond of saying; This is the same government that is now handling our health care.”

    In her last days, my mother was a Medicare recipient. Thanks to that, she received very good care, and her family was spared endless wrangles with hospital and insurance bureaucrats. In fact, the responsiveness and transparency of Medicare was incomparably better than that of any insurer I’ve ever had the displeasure of dealing with. And of course, at about 3% of its budget, Medicare’s administrative overhead is a fraction of that of our wonderful insurance “industry”.

    So perhaps your crew member prefers spouting talk radio cliches to, y’know, being sentient and aware? Life **is** easier that way, I suppose….

  8. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    Would love to hear some more stories about enumerators and other census employees facing off against people with guns…details about where in the US this is happening would be very helpful!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Rifles, sawed-off shotguns (Beverly Hillbillies’ style), pistols — center part of the country — near federal, state, and local prisons/jails. Rottweiler dogs, vicious Chijuajua (spelling incorrect?) dogs, No Trespassing/Keep Out signs. Urban and rural/country areas: cell phones and word of mouth quickly notify others that you (Census taker) are in the area. People will appear out of nowhere to check you out (urban and rural areas).