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
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