I’m about to reveal just how much of a nerd I really am.

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.

3 thoughts to “Waiting On Census

  • Ernessa from 32 Candles

    I too am DYING to see the census results. You are not alone!

  • Blanc2

    It will be interesting, though I do believe, based on anecdotal evidence, that there were a number of people who did not disclose their ethinic information. There was a Libertarian backlash this census under which many reported only the number of people living at their residence.

  • Nikki @ euphorialuv

    I’m excited to see the results also. It going to be very interesting to see how diverse the population really is.

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