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What is a census?

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. 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.

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