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Division Chief of the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau

David Waddington is the chief of the Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. The division compiles and analyzes data on the socio-economic characteristics of households, families and individuals, including rates of homeownership and statistics on income, poverty and health insurance; the new measures for same-sex relationships; and the development of the new supplemental poverty measure.  

Waddington previously served as the Census Bureau’s respondent advocate, a position in which he advocated for more than 5 million household survey respondents. Prior to that position, he served as the survey director for the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation and was a special assistant to the associate director for demographic programs. Waddington joined the Census Bureau in 1998 as the first chief of the Small Area Estimates Branch, where he led activities in establishing the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program and later the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates program. In 2007, Dave became the chief of the Population Projections Branch, where he led multiple projects to produce population projections and intercensal population estimates. Prior to joining the Census Bureau, Waddington spent eight years as a resource economist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Waddington holds a master’s degree in resource economics from the Pennsylvania State University and is a certified project management professional. Waddington has been awarded two Commerce Department Bronze Medals and a Census Bureau Director’s Award for Innovation.

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