Development | VOL. 12, ISSUE 74, September-October 2012 |

Censuses Down the Ages

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The word ‘census’ originated from the Latin word ‘censere’, meaning to estimate; however, use of census has panned over time in terms of scale and depth. In ancient Rome, a census was undertaken to maintain a list of adult males fit for military service and thus used for enumerating only a subset of a larger populace. Regions like China, Egypt, Athens and...

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