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  • It is difficult to count all the homeless when performing the census.
  • Texas is expected to gain seats in Congress after the next census.
  • Such things weren’t unheard of where I came from—a falling-down wreck on the edge of town, curtains permanently drawn, that would turn out to have been home to some ancient recluse who’d been surviving on ramen and toenail clippings since time immemorial, though no one realizes it until a property appraiser or an overly ambitious census taker barges in to find the poor soul returning to dust in a La-Z-Boy.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The orders plainly stated that my first task should have been to conduct a census and general survey of wolves, followed by an intensive study of "wolf—caribou—predator—prey relationships."
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • I suppose it was because Bedleyville was still Bedleyville then, and not yet Bed-ley Run (though desperately wanting to be), and pretty much anybody new to town was seen as a positive addition to the census and tax base.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Just taking a census," Bellamy replied.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Someone answered the door, and the family, thinking that he was a census taker, invited him in.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Population figures are available at census.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Though nominally included in the census of Christendom, he was still an alien to it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In the 2006 census data it had fallen to below 10,000.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma

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  • If he doesn’t, and some nursemaid goes out walkin’ or orf with a soldier, leavin’ of the hinfant in the perambulator—well, then I shouldn’t be surprised if the census is one babby the less.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • ENJOLRAS AND HIS LIEUTENANTS It was about this epoch that Enjolras, in view of a possible catastrophe, instituted a kind of mysterious census.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The 2000 census revealed that fully one-third of Clarkston’s population was foreign-born, though almost everyone suspected the number was higher because census estimates did not account for large numbers of refugees and immigrants living together in Clarkston’s apartments.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Are you census takers?
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • If he had spoken of a village census in Little Dunthorpe, she might have shown some interest.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • All day long this man would toil thus, his whole being centered upon the purpose of making twenty-three instead of twenty-two and a half cents an hour; and then his product would be reckoned up by the census taker, and jubilant captains of industry would boast of it in their banquet halls, telling how our workers are nearly twice as efficient as those of any other country.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Had Revere been given a list of 250 surnames drawn at random from the Boston census of 1775, there is no question he would have scored well over 100.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • We discussed how I was to be fed and how I should manage about the census when it took place next day.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • He had a bag of money in his pocket, like a pudding in the cloth, and on that property married a young person in bed-furniture, with great rejoicings; the whole population of Portsmouth (nine in number at the last census) turning out on the beach to rub their own hands and shake everybody else’s, and sing "Fill, fill!"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • (mixed animal and vegetable diet), to be multiplied by 4,386,035, the total population of Ireland according to census returns of 1901.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The planet sheltered people who lived at the desert edge without caid or bashar to command them: will-o’-the-sand people called Fremen, marked down on no census of the Imperial Regate.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • In the following year the government was going to take a census, including the contaminated zones if possible.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The estimates most often cited are based on a census conducted by the Belgians near the end of colonization.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Farmer began modestly, with a preliminary health census.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Just a lot of kids and some older folks who haven’t had a job or a haircut since the last census.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • It was impossible to obtain an accurate census.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Last week’s census showed about two thirds of those’d been recalled in the past month or so.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Through them poured endless streams of statistics-production figures, census returns, and all the book-keeping of a world economic system.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • It is true that even with our 361,000, or practically 362,000, population, there are, by the last census, almost a score of larger cities in the United States.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • When the publishers of his Thirty Years’ View sent a messenger to inquire as to how many copies he thought ought to be printed, he loftily replied: "Sir, they can ascertain from the last census how many families there are in the United States, sir"; and that was the only suggestion he would make.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The meatblood colors and massed bodies, this is a census-taking of awful ways to die.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • As of the most recent census, it was home to over 100,000 people.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The population will be determined by a census.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Especially since the last census.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • It had 162 inhabitants in 1950 and 124 at the last census—and so much for the population explosion at Alice.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Roscoe, New York, is a hamlet in New York State, which according to a recent census contains 261 households.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • How goes the census?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • In the most recent census, the population of the county had actually dropped, which didn’t surprise him in the slightest.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • ’The recent census has confirmed that a single woman between the ages of sixteen and twenty currently resides in your home.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • An actual census or enumeration of the people must furnish the rule, a circumstance which effectually shuts the door to partiality or oppression.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Amongst civilized nations it is easy to obtain an accurate census of the inhabitants; but the two others cannot be determined with so much facility.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Working from census figures as well as linguistic data, Fought calculates that the Inland Southern dialect overtook Inland Northern in the past twenty years.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • So that, he estimated, this broad land of ours has by the census not less than 26,400 geniuses and 83,752 artists, not counting those in business and advertising.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Where he got them did not matter to him; figures in the daily papers, in the census report, or in the Miscellany Column of the Sanctification Herald were equally valid.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • And when the Union census taker came and was registering black folks, they asked what my granddaddy’s name was, and they said Michael-Michael was all they knew.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • It never occurred to me that religion could have played any part in their searching, until I saw a blank on the census that asked about past religious affiliation.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • [11] It is curious to note that the center of population of the United States, according to the last census, is now "in southern Indiana, in the western part of Bloomington city, Monroe county."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • And when you have done counting, lo! my master, a census of the sword hands that await you; lo! a kingdom ready fashioned for him who is to do ’judgment and justice in the whole earth’—in Rome not less than in Zion.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • San Narciso lay further south, near L. A. Like many named places in California it was less an identifiable city than a grouping of concepts—census tracts, special purpose bond-issue districts, shopping nuclei, all overlaid with access roads to its own freeway.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Chicago’s population had topped one million for the first time, making the city the second most populous in the nation after New York, although disgruntled residents of Philadelphia, previously in second place, were quick to point out that Chicago had cheated by annexing large expanses of land just in time for the 1890 decadal census.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
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