For Next U.S. Census, Cameras in Space Replace Boots on the Ground

By Anonymous

It will take 90,000 fewer workers—and lots of satellite imagery—to determine where to mail forms

SUITLAND, Md.—Every decade, there is a census before the census, to help the government figure out where to mail hundreds of millions of forms.

The Census Bureau calls the first round its “address canvass.” Last time, it took 150,000 temporary workers who had to drive 137 million miles. For census 2020, using satellite imagery will cut that to just 60,000 workers, an especially useful shortcut with unemployment at the lowest level since the 1960s.