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Being Counted

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I got my Census 2010 form in the mail. I was super-excited, until I realized that I wasn't going to get the neat-o long form and got stuck with the short form, instead. Yes, the boring, short, uninteresting, 10-question short form.

thanks to United Families International for the image of Census 2010

Please note that it's currently March 16th. So when I'm reading question 1 which says "How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1st, 2010?", I can't answer that. IT'S IN THE FUTURE! I DON'T KNOW THE FUTURE!!! (And, incidentally, I approve of the use of the Oxford comma. Thanks, guys!)

Also, why do they ask both my age and date of birth? If I give them my data of birth, they can easily derive my age as of April 1st, 2010 (April Fool's Day?). However, if I fill out the form and give my age, as of today (it doesn't ask "age as of April 1st", then I could be possibly introducing errors into their data if my birthday falls between now and April 1st, as is likely with roughly 4% of the population.

So I've already found a problem with 20% of the questions. Still, I'm excited to fill it out and take my part in the decennial Constitutional enumeration.

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