enumerator

noun
enu·​mer·​a·​tor | \i-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrā-tər \

Definition of enumerator 

: one that enumerates especially : a census taker

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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 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 The eBee drone, weighing a pound and a half, does duty as a census enumerator, sailing aloft for nearly an hour at a time and allowing scientists to count moving animal populations. William Grimes, New York Times, "Drones Kill, Yes, but They Also Rescue, Research and Entertain," 11 May 2017

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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