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samagon

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Thank you for sharing this. Each presumably represents a person living in a block, since this is the block level census. Notice the comments that people are assigned to lakes and parks. In my experience, every school has a family added, and many parks do as well. This is due to the reallocation that occurs in congress. After the census reports the number of people they found (no longer respondents, its about 99% estimates) each congressman argues for more for his district that elected him. They do deals, then tell the census bureau to add more. Rather than mess up good data, they add them to blocks that clearly do not have population, ie schools and city parks, and even lakes. Also cemetaries! I found this out while working with the 1980 census and aerial photographs in the MacAllen area.

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