Work with interactive mapping tools from across the Census Bureau.
Collection of audio features and sound bites.
The Census Bureau packages data and information into easy-to-understand visuals.
Browse Census Bureau images.
Read briefs and reports from Census Bureau experts.
Watch Census Bureau vignettes, testimonials, and video files.
Read research analyses from Census Bureau experts.
Developer portal to access services and documentation for the Census Bureau's APIs.
Explore Census Bureau data on your mobile device with interactive tools.
Find a multitude of DVDs, CDs and publications in print by topic.
These external sites provide more data.
Download extraction tools to help you get the in-depth data you need.
Explore Census data with interactive visualizations covering a broad range of topics.
How we provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data we collect.
Learn about other opportunities to collaborate with us.
Explore the rich historical background of an organization with roots almost as old as the nation.
Explore prospective positions available at the Census Bureau.
Explore Census programs targeted for particular needs.
Discover the latest in Census Bureau data releases, reports, and events.
The Census Bureau's Director writes on how we measure America's people, places and economy.
Find interesting and quirky statistics regarding national celebrations and major events.
Listen to audio files on fun facts, historical figures, and celebrations of the month.
Find media toolkits, advisories, and all the latest Census news.
See what's coming up in releases and reports.
This paper describes a research project exploring respondents' use of visual imagery in the American Housing Survey (AHS) to report the rooms in their homes. Previous qualitative research has demonstrated that the current AHS strategy results in errors -- both omissions and double reporting. In addition, formal reinterview studies have shown moderate levels of inconsistency with the current rooms inventory. We find these results surprising, given the non-sensitive, familiar, and well- learned nature of the information to be retrieved. The current AHS approach relies on a category-by- category tally, with an "all other rooms" catchall follow-up. We suspect that, rather than guiding respondents to an easy and accurate response, this approach actually inhibits a full accounting of rooms, because it fails to exploit information that is easily accessible in memory, forces a retrieval structure that does not correspond to cognitive organization, and fails to follow a spatially logical sequence. Our proposed solution encourages respondents to engage in a floor-by-floor "visual tour" of their homes. We offer evidence from exploratory cognitive research which suggests that the approach has promise for improved reporting of rooms in the AHS. We also describe the results of a small-scale field experiment to test the revised approach against the standard AHS questions.