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|Census 2000 Gateway | Glossary|
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out what is already tabulated in standard products?
Will I be able to receive a special tabulation with Census 2000 data at
the same level of detail as in 1990?
Special tabulations must be approved by the Census Bureau’s Disclosure Review Board (DRB). At a minimum, all data cells in special tabulations (excluding derived measures) produced from Census 2000 will be rounded. Additional disclosure avoidance requirements, such as thresholds on universes for small population groups, may apply to your Census 2000 special tabulation. The project manager for your special tabulation will work with you to construct a request that meets the DRB requirements.
What are the major content changes from the 1990 census?
For the first time ever, in Census 2000 people could select more than one racial category to indicate mixed racial heritage. The race question read "What is this person’s race? Mark one or more races to indicate what this person considers himself/herself to be."
In response to Congressional guidance to minimize reporting burden, the Census Bureau included only those 1990 census subjects that had a strong legislative or judicial justification. As a result, five subjects that appeared on the 1990 census long form were dropped: Children Ever Born (fertility), Year Last Worked, Source of Water, Sewage Disposal, and Condominium Status. Marital Status, Units in Structure, Value of Home, Monthly Rent, and Number of Rooms were moved from the short form to the long form for Census 2000 because there were no statutory uses identified for these subjects at the lowest geographic level (census block). Only one new subject, Grandparents as Caregivers, was added to the Census 2000 questionnaire in response to the Welfare Reform Act.
[NOTE: Although Year Last Worked was no longer a separate subject as in the 1990 census, a very abbreviated screener question about work history was included with the questions about industry, occupation, and class of worker in Census 2000. This allowed the Census Bureau to both reduce respondent burden and properly define the "experienced civilian labor force." Additionally, although Condominium Status was no longer a separate question as in the 1990 census, a question on Monthly Condominium fee was asked for respondents who lived in a condominium in Census 2000. If an amount was reported in the question on condominium fee, we use these data to infer that the house or apartment is part of a condominium.]
Will all special tabulations be posted on the Internet?
Can special tabulations be produced on CD-ROMs and/or DVDs with tabulation
How much will my special tabulation cost?
We have paid a substantial amount of money to produce our special
tabulation. What is the policy regarding distribution to others?
How long will it take to receive our special tabulation?
How is the priority order of special tabulations determined?
How do I find out what has already been tabulated in special tabulations?
Who do we contact concerning Census 2000 Special Tabulations?