The Census Bureau's cost to count an individual household rose nearly sixfold over 40 years, from $16 in 1970 to $92 in 2010. Figures are in 2020 dollars.

Source: “Bureau Has Made Progress with Its Scheduling, but Further Improvement Will Help Inform Management Decisions,” U.S. Government Accountability Office, p. 5, https://tinyurl.com/y5q2x8cs

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Cost per Household in 2020 Dollars
1970 $16
1980 $34
1990 $45
2000 $80
2010 $92

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