Wired reports that the firing of James Comey overshadowed an ominous turn of events for demographics geeks like us: The director of the US Census Bureau, John H. Thompson, resigned the same day, leaving the department leaderless as we barrel towards the 2020 Census:
“The Census is on a relentless calendar, and there’s much, much work to do over the next three years,” says Kenneth Prewitt, who ran the Census Bureau from 1998 to 2001" [...] That’s a problem, because the decennial Census does more than count heads to allocate congressional seats. It provides a vital source of quality, public data on where and how people live.
It’s a vital benchmark for government:
- How many people need a frequent bus route in this neighborhood?
- Does that town need a new road?)
and the private sector
- Does this village have enough people to support a ridehail app?
- How about another ice cream shop?