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Census of Population: “Panning for Gold”
Census of population: “Panning for gold”

Population censuses are foundational information resources. This is true regardless of whether geographers are interested in qualitative research, critical geographies, quantitative analysis, theoretical models, population geography, or studies in applied geography. Making intelligent use of census data is, in the data-mining trope, like panning for gold. Good efforts yield insights into planning, public health, marketing, real estate, and many other areas. The recent report Understanding the Changing Planet (National Research Council, 2010) identified research questions and subquestions requiring research based, at least in part, on census data sources. Research teams cannot replicate data sets created by national censuses. Contemporary geographical methodologies are integral to census operations and render geographers particularly capable of extracting insights ...

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