News FocusU.S. DEMOGRAPHICS

New Annual Survey Brings Census Into 21st Century

Science  22 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5563, pp. 2202-2203
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5563.2202

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Starting next year, the entire nation will begin to get feedback about dozens of social indicators on an annual instead of decennial basis. The new American Community Survey will be a continuous pulse-taking of 39,000 local jurisdictions. The approach is expected to replace the long form on the 2010 census; in the meantime, it will provide public officials and researchers with a steady stream of fresh data.

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