Publicizing the release of the 1940 U.S. Census data, LIFE magazine released photographs of Census enumerators collecting data from household members. Yep, Census enumerators. For almost 200 years, the U.S. counted people and recorded information about them in person, by sending out a representative of the U.S. government to evaluate them directly.
It wasn’t until 1980 that the government decided to collect Census data by mail-in survey.
Last week the Census Bureau has released the household income data for 2011. It is posted on the Census Bureau website. What I'm featuring in this update is an analysis of the quintile breakdown of data from 1967 through 2011 (see T... Read Post
Before the Census was mailed to every household in America, it was gathered by counters walking door-to-door who collected along the way an inadvertent historical record not just of who we were in 1880 or 1940, but who we lived next... Read Post
For the last week of December, we’re re-posting some of our favorite posts from 2012. Originally cross-posted at Global Policy TV. Publicizing the release of the 1940 U.S. Census data, LIFE magazine released photographs of Census en... Read Post