Cuba will use sampling to test census results

Cuba will use sampling to test census results

Published September 24, 2012


Cuba's 2012 Census, whose phase of compiling data ends Monday, will be

submitted to random sampling in order to check the quality of the

Communist-ruled island's first population count in a decade.

The national Census director, Juan Carlos Alfonso, told official media

that according to international practices, from Sept. 29-Oct. 8 a

so-called "recensus" will be taken among 100,000 people chosen at random.

Alfonso said that the purpose is to determine whether there have been

any omissions or duplications and to evaluate the quality of the

responses obtained.

Up to last Saturday almost 10 million of Cuba's 11.2 million people had

been counted in the Census.

Alfonso said that during the work of taking the Census, which began

Sept. 15, there have been no important mishaps and the process was

carried out in line with the established timetable.

The new Census will reflect the number and geographical distribution of

the population, its composition by sex and age, skin color, educational

level, job situation and marital state.

It also seeks to quantify the total number and type of households and

families, number of homes and their state of repair, the different

sources of employment and more.

This is the 18th Census taken on the island since colonial times, and

following the victory of the 1959 Revolution, three Censuses have been


According to figures of the National Statistics Office, or ONE, Cuba

closed the year 2011 with some 11,232,000 inhabitants, of whom more than

1.9 million are under 15. EFE

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