Big Island’s Population and the 2010 Census Count

When I was being trained for this census work that I’m doing, one of the questions I asked, was how accurate is the Census here in Hawaii.

My supervisor didn’t have a direct answer, but he guesstimated around 60% accurate.

While everyone thinks the population on this island is increasing, I wouldn’t be surprised if this census count shows that our population has not increased all that much from 10 years ago.

I have a few theories:

1. I have come across just too many vacant houses that obviously were occupied 10 years ago.

2. As the price of everything skyrockets, more and more people are Cohabiting. While you would think that this doesn’t effect the census count that much… I believe it will when it comes time for the actual counts. I just don’t think people will be completely honest when they are sending back the forms to the government telling the government that they have multiple families living under one roof.

3. And finally, I think people just wont take the time to fill out the census stuff and send it back.

I believe this will probably hold true for all the Islands in the State. It will be interesting to see the statistics when they do finally come out.

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