U.S. Census Bureau Conference On Population Estimates: Meeting User Needs

Held on July 19, 2006

Papers and Discussion

U.S. Census Bureau Underlying Principles
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates and Projections program is designed to fulfill the mandates of Title 13, Section 181, of the U.S. Code. 

Federal Needs - Thomas Nardone, Census Population Controls in Labor Force Statistics Programs (116 KB, pdf)
The Census Bureau population controls are a key input into the national and state employment and unemployment estimates produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

State Needs - Linda Gage, State of California
“The U.S. Census Bureau’s Intercensal Population Estimates and Projections Program Basic Underlying Principles” paper is thoughtful and thorough and makes a tremendous contribution to estimates users by describing and rationalizing the Bureau’s current methods and strategies for producing intercensal estimates.

Local Needs - Warren Brown, Cornell University - Joseph Salvo, New York City (184 KB, pdf)
Local governments need population estimates in order to draw a portrait of population change, an integral part of assessing needs, and developing policies and programs that serve local residents.

Researcher's Needs - David Swanson, University of Mississippi
Since 1996 the U.S. Census Bureau has been piloting a new national data source, called the American Community Survey (ACS), which is intended to replace the decennial census long form in 2010.

Discussion - Stanley Smith, University of Florida

Discussion - Steven Murdock, University of Texas, San Antonio

Bringing It All Together – Ken Hodges, Claritas Corporation
Today’s papers and discussions confirm that this conference deals with a great topic. Data users care about the Census Bureau’s estimates, and they care a lot. And it is evident that the Census Bureau is aware of how important its estimates are to users.

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