Volume 33, No. 4
As the clock ticks closer to the
decennial census in 2000, the Census
Bureau is demonstrating operations
and procedures in the Census 2000
Dress Rehearsal this month.
The dress rehearsal takes place in
three noncomparable sites: 11 counties
around Columbia, South Carolina,
which gives us the opportunity to
demonstrate our procedures in a rural
site; Sacramento, California, an urban
site with a diverse population; and the
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BUREAU OF THE CENSUS
Menominee American Indian Reserva-
tion in Wisconsin, which gives us a
chance to make sure procedures are in
place for enumerating a special
population that has been significantly
undercounted in the past.
Respondents received their ques-
tionnaires in March. They were asked
to fill them out and return them
immediately. Respondents will receive
reminders and, in urban areas, follow-
As a result of a November agree-
ment between the President and
Republican congressional leaders,
different methods are being used in
each test site.
In the South Carolina site, a full
enumeration with increased outreach
and publicity is being used. There will
be no sampling for households that do
not return a questionnaire. There will
be a small follow-up survey to deter-
mine coverage but the results of this
survey will not be used to improve the
results of the initial enumeration.
In Sacramento, we will use all four
strategies proposed for Census 2000.
We will sample for nonresponse;
afterwards, we will conduct a large
follow-up survey and use the results –
along with those from the initial
enumeration – to arrive at the final
On the Menominee Reservation,
we will not sample for nonresponse
but use results from a follow-up
survey – along with those from the
initial enumeration – to arrive at the
final census count.
We expect to have tabulations by
December 1998 and to release redis-
tricting-type data in March 1999.
• Data on Hispanics,