What are census?

  • (verb): Conduct a census.
    Example: "They censused the deer in the forest"
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A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. In the latter cases the elements of the 'population' are farms, businesses, and so forth, rather than people. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to coordinate international practice.

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Georgia (U.S. State) - Demographics
... Historical populations Census Pop. 18.3% Sources 1910–2010 The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Georgia was 9,815,210 on July 1, 2011, a 1.32% increase since the 2010 United States Census ... This includes a natural increase since the last census of 438,939 people (that is 849,414 births minus 410,475 deaths) and an increase from net migration of 606,673 people into the ...
Keansburg, New Jersey
... As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 10,105, which represented a decline of 627 (-5.8%) from the 10,732 counted in the 2000 Census ...
... Population 165,183 (2010 Census preliminary results) 165,197 (2002 Census) 154,092 (1989 Census) ...
Jackson County, Alabama - Demographics
... Historical populations Census Pop ... Decennial Census 2011 estimate through 1960 As of the census of 2000, there were 53,926 people, 21,615 households, and 15,822 families residing in the ... According to the census of 2000, the largest ancestry groups in Jackson County were English 69.1%, Scots-Irish 5.21%, Scottish 4.67%, and African 3.74% ...

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