What are the questions about?

The census questionnaire has around 60 questions.  All the questions seek to shed some light on conditions in the country that cannot be gained any other way.

The questionnaire is divided into three parts:  About your household, about your residence or dwelling, and about you as an individual.

The questions about the household attempt to reveal how the household is organized, who lives together in a particular household, and a little about the daily life of the household.

The questions about the residence attempt to reveal how and where we live.  Do we own or do we rent?  On average, how much space does each person have available for his or her use?  What amenities or household conveniences are in the home?   

The third part is about the individual.  This is the biggest part with nearly 50 questions.  They touch on, for example, circumstances within the family, what type of work each person has, the level of education, health, and voluntary questions on religion or belief.

One distinctive characteristic of the questions is that people should be able to answer them straightaway without having to search for the information sought.  The questions do not seek information on sensitive issues nor the specific meaning or intent of an answer.  The goal is to ask questions about conditions or circumstances that everyone knows about and could easily and quickly answer without much effort. 

Answering the questions about one’s religion or belief is, however, strictly voluntary.

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