enumerator

noun
enu·​mer·​a·​tor | \ i-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce enumerator (audio) \

Definition of enumerator

: one that enumerates especially : a census taker

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At the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona, which has 30,000 enrolled members, leaders encouraged census officials to improve communication with the tribal liaison, who can help guide enumerators to remote areas and understand cultural practices. Washington Post, "Census, tribal leaders push for American Indian participation in 2020 Census," 14 June 2019 The 1850 census instructed enumerators: Be particularly careful to distinguish between blacks, mulattoes, quadroons, and octoroons. Jess Mchugh, Fortune, "The U.S. Census Has a Long History of Discrimination," 20 June 2019 At the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona, which has 30,000 enrolled members, leaders encouraged census officials to improve communication with the tribal liaison, who can help guide enumerators to remote areas and understand cultural practices. Dana Hedgpeth, Anchorage Daily News, "Census and tribal leaders push for Native American participation in 2020 census," 14 June 2019 Census enumerators will attempt to follow up with residents who do not fill out the 2020 forms, which for the first time may be answered online as well as through the mail. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Amid crackdown, advocates for immigrants say citizenship question will spook census-takers," 16 Apr. 2018 The last resort is to send out enumerators, sometimes repeatedly, to knock on the door. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Trump officials claim they can avoid 2020 census problems caused by controversial citizenship question. Experts are very skeptical," 13 Apr. 2018 Happily, the enumerator for this 1790 census in Whitestown, Thomas Tyron, made a clear total for each page number at the end of the enumeration (top of Page 73). The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: My Ancestor’s Census Record Is Confusing!," 9 Feb. 2018 The bureau also hopes to mine federal databases and even satellite images for information that could reduce wasted trips by enumerators — to vacant buildings, for example — and automatically fill in personal data like addresses and ages. Michael Wines, New York Times, "With 2020 Census Looming, Worries About Fairness and Accuracy," 9 Dec. 2017 August 2, 1790: the first Census Day, when brave enumerators went out on horseback to find, question and catalogue the population of the United States. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "The First US Census Only Asked Six Questions," 2 Aug. 2017

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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