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A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practice.
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    • Sampling 

    • Residence definitions 

    • Enumeration strategies 

    • Technology 

    • Uses of census data 

    • Privacy 

    • Historical censuses 

    • World population estimates 

    • Impact of COVID-19 on census