THE CENSUS: Sore Feet & Too Many Noses

Neither wind nor rain nor flagpole-sitters stopped most of the nation's 140,000 census enumerators last week, but the biggest nosecount in U.S. history was not without its moments of travail.

Nearly 500 enumerators in the metropolitan New York area threw away their pencils and quit after the first few days. "They couldn't take it," explained their boss. One enumerator reported that she had become too depressed by the squalor she saw on Manhattan's lower East Side; another explained that her feet were killing her. The majority found the pay too small (...

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