Definition of census
1 : a count of the population and a property evaluation in early Rome
2 : a usually complete enumeration of a population; specifically : a periodic governmental enumeration of population According to the latest U.S census, 16% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Examples of census in a Sentence
According to the latest census, the racial makeup of the town has changed dramatically in the last 50 years.
a thorough census of all the grizzly bears living within the national park
Recent Examples of census from the Web
Kansas City’s homicide rate is higher than the national rate, which is five per 100,000, according to data from the Kansas City Police Department, census data and FBI crime statistics.
The Census Bureau would receive a 4% boost for its array of censuses and surveys, the same amount Trump has requested.
The need is only growing: The 2016 census by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found 46,874 homeless in L.A. County, a 5.7 percent increase from 2015, with about a fourth living in vehicles and encampments.
Amazon’s partnership with El Latino is an attempt to build and serve its customer base among Miami residents, where 68 percent of the population is Hispanic or Latino, according to 2016 census data.
In parts of the neighborhood a quarter of residents live below poverty level and that figure is as high as 47.5 percent in areas of the north side, according to 2015 census estimates.
Phoenix has about 2,800 people per square mile of land, according to 2010 census data, which is on par with smaller cities such as Indianapolis or Fort Worth.
Nearly 6 million U.S. citizen children live with at least one family member in this country illegally, according to estimates from 2009-2013 census data.
In 2002, Democratic members of the oversight committee sued the administration of President George W. Bush for documents related to the census.
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CENSUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of census for English Language Learners
: the official process of counting the number of people in a country, city, or town and collecting information about them
CENSUS Defined for Kids
Definition of census for Students
: a count of the number of people in a country, city, or town
Legal Definition of census
: a usually complete count of a population (as of a state); especially : a periodic governmental count of a population that usually includes social and economic information (as occupations, ages, and incomes)
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