Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Next year's census will be unlike any other done before because it will use handheld computers with GPS tracking devices to take home and address information. Philadelphia Regional Census Center Deputy Regional Director Ted Roman says the 2000 census was taken on all paper, including paper forms and paper maps. Pittsburgh is a part of the Philadelphia Regional Census Center. The computers are being used in order to create the most accurate data possible. Roman says the information entered will be transmitted on an hourly basis to the control database as encrypted files to ensure security and anonymity. Keeping information security is a primary goal for the Census Bureau. The questionnaires, which will be sent to all valid addresses in March 2010, will list seven simple topics that include name, race and age.