T he Census Bureau will be putting down the pencil and paper
and picking up the handheld computers during the 2010 opera-
The Census Bureau has plans to equip the decennial work force with
hand-held computers made by the Harris Corporation to help make a
more precise count of more than 300 million people. The hand held de-
vices will be used to update addresses nationwide in 2009 and will then
be used in 2010 (for non-response follow up) or to input information dur-
ing a canvass of homes whose residents fail to submit paper census sur-
In addition, the handheld devices will be equipped with Global Positioning System mapping information to
help census takers find addresses. All data collected on the handheld computers will be encrypted and
census takers will be locked out of the operating system to prevent any private use of the handheld com-
puter and to meet the bureau’s strict privacy requirements.
Similar hand held devices were tested during the 2004 Census Test in Queens, New York and Colquitt City,
Thomas and Tift Counties in Georgia. A device was also used during the 2006 Census Test in Austin, Texas
and Cheyenne River, South Dakota. An improved hand held computer will be tested again during the 2008
dress rehearsal in San Joaquin, California and Fayetteville, North Carolina.
These devices will result in greater efficiency for field work and will save the government millions of dol-
lars by shortening the time it takes workers to gather data, improving the information’s accuracy and re-
ducing the need to process paper census forms.
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B U R E A U O F T H E C E N S U S ◊ K A N S A S C I T Y R E G I O N A L O F F I C E
The Census MMX Factor is the way the Census Bureau’s Kansas City Regional Office is promoting interest in
Census 2010, or Census MMX as shown in Roman Numerals. The Factor is published for the main purpose of
informing 2000 Census Alumni and other Decennial Census Stakeholders about