The Twenty-Second Decennial Census


Neither the Enumeration Clause of the Constitution nor the Census Act precludes the Bureau of the Census from statistically adjusting “headcounts” in the decennial census for the year 2000 or conducting the non-response follow-up on a sample basis.

The provision in the Census Act prohibiting sampling for purposes of apportionment of the House of Representatives does not preclude reliance upon statistical adjustments that would improve the accuracy of “headcount” data.

Updated July 9, 2014