Decennial Census:

A Comparison of the 1980 and 1990 Census Questionnaire Contents

GGD-87-76FS: Published: May 11, 1987. Publicly Released: May 28, 1987.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the content of the 1980 and 1990 census questionnaires.

GAO found that the 1990 questionnaire was similar to the 1980 questionnaire for both 100-percent and sample data, but that the Census Bureau: (1) included congregate housing and housing quality topics in the 1990 questionnaire; (2) dropped topics relating to housing unit identification; and (3) requested telephone numbers with 100-percent data for possible questionnaire follow-up.

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