United Nations Statistics Division

United Nations Statistics Division
Statistics and Statistical Methods Publications

Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses
Series: M, No.67/Rev. 2 
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Languages available:A, C, E, F, R, S
Revision: Rev. 2


Since its early years, the United Nations has been issuing a series of international recommendations on population and housing censuses under the title "Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses". These publications are widely used by national statistical offices and census officials in countries throughout the world in planning and organizing their censuses and other related data collection activities, particularly demographic and socio-economic surveys. The recommendations provide guidance on the main characteristics of population and housing censuses and also include general material on census operations and methods, more detailed guidance on the content of censuses, and illustrative tabulations. The current series has been revised to assist countries in preparing for the 2010 round of censuses by taking into account changes in technology, the need for better data dissemination, changes in socio-economic conditions of countries and user needs.

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