By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel
There’s only one way to know how many people live in America.
You have to count them, one by one, whether they live in modest bungalows or college dormitories, swank penthouses or on a cold street corner.
This week, the once-a-decade count kicks into high gear as U.S. census forms begin arriving in mailboxes across Wisconsin and the nation.
One of the shortest census forms on record is at the center of one of the government’s largest peacetime deployments in history. From the mailing of forms to the tabulating of data, the census is an enterprise that will occupy hundreds of thousands of people, many hired as temporary census takers, who will fan out in the coming months to make sure everyone is counted.