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Census data undergoes checks before public release of results

Details of the long-awaited 2010 Census are to be released to the public in a few months’ time, according to the Department of Statistics.

The release is being held off until all the data can be cross-checked for accuracy.

Statistics officers are now reviewing each questionnaire, collected over ten months from the Island’s households.

The 2010 Census was Bermuda’s most elaborate, with 23 questions in the housing section, and about 80 questions per person in the population section.

The previous Census, in 2000, had 75 questions.

Residents were questioned on jobs and salaries, educational background, ethnicity and religion. The 2010 Census was originally expected to run from May 20 to August 31, or September 30 at the latest.

Data collection had to be extended after progress was impeded by a lack of enumerators as well as uncooperative residents thousands of households were left out.

A Department of Statistics spokeswoman said the collection was eventually finished by March 31. She added that the 2010 Census is being put together for release more quickly than the past two censuses were.

Asked if staff transfers had hampered the effort, the spokeswoman said: “The Department points out that they have not lost any Census planning team member, nor any other permanent staff member intricately involved in the Census due to transfers.

“In fact, all staff have worked arduously and remain resilient as a team to deliver on the Census, despite the many challenges encountered during the data collection phases. They are keeping the end in view.”

Officials began checking the new data in April.

The process, which is expected to last through this month, includes making sure no employment details are given for children under 12, or marital status responses for people under 15.

The spokeswoman said: “When considering the volume of houses on the Island, and a population of 60,000-plus persons for Bermuda, the edit checks are a series of tedious tasks and cannot be rushed.

“Technical officers are making good progress and working diligently to complete this part of the data processing phase in alignment with the end-of-month deadline.”

Next month is to be spent on analysis of the data. Population counts will then be set out in categories of age, sex, Bermudian status and parish, and released during the last quarter of this year.

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Published August 16, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 16, 2011 at 9:20 am)

Census data undergoes checks before public release of results

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