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Author's Note: How the Census Works

There is something nostalgic about participating in the census. This thing has been around since the birth of the nation, and it's so strikingly simple — counting people. I love that despite technological upgrades and better marketing, we still have to recruit an army of census workers to go door-to-door counting people without much more than paper and pens. In the age of secret NSA surveillance programs and other government shenanigans, it's understandable that some people question the requirement to provide their personal information to such a large federal agency, but I don't ascribe to the conspiracy theories. I'd rather believe that I'm helping to paint an accurate picture of America at the dawn of the 21st century.

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