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What is a Census

A Population Census is the total process of planning, collecting, compiling, evaluating, disseminating and analyzing demographic, economic and social data at the smallest geographic level pertaining, at a specified time, to all persons in a country or in a well-delimited part of a country. A housing census is the total process of planning, collecting, compiling, evaluating, disseminating and analyzing statistical data relating to the number and conditions of housing units and facilities available to the household at a specified time, to all living quarters and occupants thereof in a country or well-delimited part of a country. [1] 



[1] The United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses (Revision 3), 2015

All About Grenada's 2021 Census

A census is conducted every ten (10) years in most countries. The last Population and Housing Census conducted in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique was done on May 12th, 2011. The Census date for 2021 is the 15th September, 2021. The primary objective of the 2021 Census is to gather and provide detailed information on the population which includes statistics on the demographic, economic and social characteristics of the population as of this date. The population is basic to the production and distribution of material wealth. In order to plan for, and implement, economic and social development projects, administrative activities and scientific research, it is necessary to have reliable and detailed data on the size, distribution and composition of the population. The   2021   Census   is   to   be   Grenada’s   first   paperless   census utilizing the Computer  Assisted Personal interviewing (CAPI) technology. The Census would be conducted using tablets and the World Bank designed   Survey   Solutions   software.   This   CAPI   approach   allows   the   Central   Statistical   Office   to effectively monitor   the overall   census, in particular  the   performance  of  field  staff,   and  ensures  that questionnaires   are   completed   with   the   highest   level   of   accuracy.   Given   that   in   this   new   approach validation rules are built in at the data collection phase the time taken to process the census result will be reduced exponentially. Another advantage of the CAPI approach is that the information is captured in Realtime. Hence any point during the census enumeration preliminary reports on the indicators captured in the questionnaire could be produced.