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Principles and recommendations for population and housing censuses

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The population and housing census is part of an integrated national statistical system, which may include other censuses (for example, agriculture), surveys, registers and administrative files. It provides, at regular intervals, the benchmark for population count at national and local levels. For small geographical areas or sub-populations, it may represent the only source of information for certain social, demographic and economic characteristics. For many countries the census also provides a solid framework to develop sampling frames. This publication represents one of the pillars for data collection on the number and characteristics of the population of a country.

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Topics to be investigated in housing censuses

In line with the overall approach of revision 2 of Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, the selection of housing census topics is based on outputs expected to be produced by the housing census. Thus, the first step involves clear identification of expected outputs, and then the core and additional topics are decided on that basis. For each of the core topics there is a recommended tabulation.

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