Components of the 1990 Census Count

T-GGD-91-8: Published: Feb 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1991.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

GAO discussed the Census Bureau's primary components of the 1990 census count. GAO noted that: (1) the 1990 census population count came from data that individuals and households provided, data gathered from nonhousehold sources, and data generated through statistical procedures; (2) there were no data available that clearly showed how much each of the three sources contributed to the census count, but households provided most census population data; (3) for the resident population of 248.7 million in 1990, preliminary data showed that about 166.9 million persons were enumerated through mail surveys; (4) about 10.9 million persons were enumerated in areas where the Bureau did not use mail surveys; (5) the Bureau enumerated about 6.6 million persons in such group quarters as nursing homes and homeless shelters; (6) the Bureau counted about 58.8 million persons during census follow-up efforts, mostly as part of households that provided data on themselves to a census enumerator; (7) two census programs, which together added 1.4 million persons to the census count, relied heavily on administrative records; (8) the Bureau reported that about 384,000 parolees or probationers responded to attempts to gather census data, representing only 15 percent of the estimated number of parolees or probationers; and (9) although final data were not available, the Bureau may have gathered census data from surrogates for about 7.3 million persons.

Sep 28, 2018

Sep 20, 2018

Sep 17, 2018

Sep 12, 2018

Sep 5, 2018

Aug 30, 2018

Aug 27, 2018

Aug 15, 2018

Jul 30, 2018

Jul 26, 2018

Looking for more? Browse all our products here