Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Comparing 2006 & 2001 Census data

When comparing how things have changed since the last Census, it's important to take into account a big difference in how Census data is being released this time around.

Most 2006 Census data is being made available based on where a person usually lives, not where they were on Census night. Previous Census data, such as from the 2001 Census, was released based on the opposite; that is, your location on Census night (known as 'place of enumeration').

Some regions, such as the snowfields and other tourism areas, may have significant differences between the data generated from different count methods. As a result it's vital to be careful when comparing 2006 QuickStats and Basic Community Profiles with earlier data.

Here are some tips on comparing data:
- The 2001 Usual Residents Profile, found under the Community Profiles, allows you to compare data with 2006 usual residence data.
- A 2006 Place of Enumeration Profile will be released 25 September 2007, which will allow data comparison with 2001 QuickStats and Basic Community Profiles.
- Some 2006 Census tables are available on the basis of 'Location on Census Night' count method - select this method from the Census Tables topics page.
- 2006 Time Series Profiles, which compare data from 1996, 2001 & 2006, are based on Place of Enumeration, not Place of Usual Residence.

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