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How the Data Are Collected

This section contains information concerning how the U.S. Census Bureau collects data and how the published data were generated. Select the appropriate topic below for information on the sampling frame, collection periods, collection methods, editing, imputation, sampling error, response rates, and nonsampling error.

Population of Interest - Description of sampling frame

Data Collection - Collection period and methods

Data Processing - Editing, imputation, and sampling error

Data Quality - Response rates and nonsampling errors


Quarterly Summary of State & Local Taxes

Population of Interest

Data Collection

Data Processing

Data Quality

State Government Tax Collections

Population of Interest

Data Collection

Data Processing

Data Quality

Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions

Population of Interest

Data Collection

Data Processing

Data Quality

Public School Finance Data

Population of Interest

Data Collection

Data Processing

Data Quality

Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State Data

Population of Interest

Data Collection

Data Processing

Data Quality

State Government Finances

Population of Interest

Data Collection

Data Processing

Data Quality

Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State & Local Data

Population of Interest

Data Collection

Data Processing

Data Quality

State & Local Government Finances

Population of Interest

Data Collection

Data Processing

Data Quality



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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Federal, State, & Local Governments | 1(800) 242-2184| govs.cms.inquiry@census.gov |  Last Revised: May 14, 2013