My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Will this census be our last?

Two days ago, the BBC reported that the UK’s 2011 Census may the that nation’s last:

In future, data could be gathered from records held by the Post Office, local government and credit checking agencies – thought to be more effective.

The government said it was “examining” whether changes could be made but no decision had been reached.

This is an interesting development, particularly as funds for the 2020 Census will soon be allocated. Though pro-immigration groups and organizations like the ACLU feel that forcing everyone in America to register with the government would be problematic, many nations already have national identity cards, which, if implemented in the US, would make creating a “portrait of America” that much easier.

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8 Responses to “Will this census be our last?”

  1. annonymouse Says:

    I certainly wouldn’t rely on the accuracy of the post office nor independent non-governmental data collection agencies to have accurate data, especially in areas where people may self-identify differently than what is “on file.” Having used local property records to find contacts, even these aren’t always accurate. Personal interviews, though occasionally gruelling, are best.

  2. LocalNews Says:

    Not true. Read the Korean news about the Korean census. Not everyone will get national ID. Same as not everyone gets a regular ID, or mail delivery. The Constitution says count everyone, and if people choose to isolate themselves from the government, then they still must be counted.

  3. MyGuess Says:


  4. Dum Says:

    “In my humble opinion, I think it is utter nonsense when journalists, other than those of the tech variety, are already publishing pieces about the 2020 Census in their reportage.”

  5. anonymous Says:

    I hope not. Have any of you ever looked at your great, great, great grandparents’ Census records? Very detailed, handwritten, old paper – some information is funny, some sad.

  6. enumouse Says:

    Geneaology is one of the best reasons to do the census. Refusals do a disservice to future generations.

  7. ALincoln Says:

    “Post Office records” would not be a good source, or at least not good enough. But if the letter carriers fill the forms out and interview where they don’t know for sure, then you would get an accurate count a lot faster and cheaper. They know who lives where because they deliver the mail every day.

  8. anonymous Says:

    an old thread – but still interesting

    in the UK, it’s less people and, with their immigration standards, it’s easier to conduct this.

    for the US, this style could work, except workers will still need to check on people who have multiple homes, moved house or those who want to stay off the grid. although, compared to NRFU and VDC, it will just cut down the workload more – not eliminate it!