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What is a 'census?

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A census is an official count of members of a population of people (or of other living things). The government form of a census counts the residents or citizens in specified areas, often at regular intervals.

The US Census is an official count of the population done at 10-year intervals, with estimations or corrections made in the intervening years. The latest US Census is for the year 2010.
The purpose of the census is to gather information about the country and the people in it.

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A census is formal counting of the population of a region or country.

The term comes from Latin. During the Roman Republic the census was a list that kept track of all adult males fit for military service. A census should be taken every 10 years according to United Nations recommendations.

Modern census data is used for research, business marketing, and planning. In some countries it is used to apportion electoral representation.

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