U.S. Census Bureau
Ben Bolender has worked at the U.S. Census Bureau since 2010. In that time, he has been involved in several projects including estimates production, process improvement, audit coordination, data product reviews, external data requests, and research projects. Most recently, he was heavily involved in the Estimates Evaluation project that compared the Population Estimates Program postcensal estimates series to 2010 Census count results.
Ben leads teams responsible for national characteristics and state/county total population estimates, the production of the Modified Race file, and graphical review tools for data product review. He also coordinated the Statistical Quality Standards audit for the national estimates program in 2011.
Ben received a doctorate in sociology from Kansas State University. His dissertation examined unconventional retirement migration destinations and the factors that lead to their unexpected migration patterns. While there, he conducted funded research on diverse topics including population aging in rural areas, ecoforecasting, and community development among others.