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Ethnographic Study of the Group Quarters Population in the 2010 Census: Homeless Populations

Irene Glasser, Eric Hirsch, and Anna Chan


The goal of this study, which is one of six independent studies of six Group Quarters (GQ) populations, was to understand the process of enumerating individuals experiencing homelessness during the 2010 Census. We sought to discover what types of census enumeration of homeless populations would lead to the most complete and accurate count of homeless populations. We also explored whether a post-enumeration Census Coverage Measurement (CCM) study would be feasible for homeless populations. In this report we analyze some of the social dynamics and factors most likely to affect census coverage, explore the feasibility of conducting a post-enumeration coverage measurement study and propose modifications of the census enumeration strategies that would insure more complete coverage of homeless populations wherever they are located. We begin with a brief review of previous research on the enumeration of the homeless population.


Irene Glasser, Eric Hirsch, and Anna Chan. (2013). Ethnographic Study of the Group Quarters Population in the 2010 Census: Homeless Populations. Center for Survey Measurement Study Series (Survey Methodology #2013-14). U.S. Census Bureau. Available online at <>.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Research and Methodology Directorate, Center for Survey Measurement

Published online: June 3, 2013
Last revised: June 3, 2013


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Research and Methodology Directorate | Center for Survey Measurement | (301) 763-3215 (or |   Last Revised: September 11, 2013