I spent several hours looking at the U.S. Census site because I can’t wait to see the 2010 Census figures. Sure, I need fresh statistics for my book proposal, but I’m also curious about the trends the numbers may reveal. For example, I want to see what, if anything, the survey reveals about people who listed two or more races on Census forms and to see how that may affect other counts.
I did learn something while on the site. Coding race and ethnicity can be a tedious process.
“We sometimes see text written in that our optical reading machines can’t pick up. And so, we have a large set of data entry clerks in our Jeffersonville, Ind., operation, that are right now, as we speak, completing the transference of these sorts of written in answers into a coding system. This is mainly affecting the race, ethnicity questions. And they will end up assigning numeric code values to all of those other specify, as we call them, answers,” Census Bureau Director Bob Groves said at a news briefing in September.
I’m going to have to wait a little longer. The initial figures will be released by Dec. 31.