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    U.S. CENSUS GLOSSARY

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Geographic Comparison Tables (GCT)
These tables provide basic measures for decennial census 100-percent and sample population and housing subjects. Users can compare data across geographic areas in the same table (e.g., all counties in a state).

Related terms:
Demographic Profile, Quick Tables (QT)

Geographic Component
A geographic component is the portion of a geographic area (e.g., Alabama) that meets a location-based test such as "in a metropolitan area" or "in a rural place". For example, a geographic component of "in metropolitan area" for Texas combines the land area of El Paso, TX MSA, San Antonio, TX MSA and all other metropolitan areas in Texas into a single collective identity.

The Census Bureau recognizes about 100 different geographic components, with most focusing on urban/rural or metropolitan/non-metropolitan distinctions. Geographic components are only available for some types of geographic areas (e.g., State, Region). And the specific geographic components available for one geographic type may be different from those available for another geographic type.

Geographic entity
A geographic unit of any type, legal or statistical, such as a state, county, place, county subdivision, census tract, or census block.

Geographic Identifiers
These are also called geocodes and include codes, names and data relevant to the geography chosen, such as land area, water area, the center point longitude and latitude, etc. The G001. Geographic identifiers table listed in AFF typically includes the 100-percent population and housing counts as well as the geocodes and other data mentioned above.

Geography (census)
A collective term referring to the types of geographic areas used by the Census Bureau in its data collection and tabulation operations, including their structure, designations, and relationships to one another.

Geography Quick Report (GQR)
Data for this report are collected by the Economic Census. The report displays all industries for a geographic area.

Related term:
Economic census

Grade in which enrolled
The level of enrollment in school, nursery school through college and graduate or professional school.

Related term:
Educational attainment

Grandparents as caregivers
Grandparent(s) who have assumed full care of their grandchildren on a temporary or permanent live-in basis. A new question/data category for Census 2000.

Gross rent
The amount of the contract rent plus the estimated average monthly cost of utilities (electricity, gas, and water and sewer) and fuels (oil, coal, kerosene, wood, etc.) if these are paid for by the renter (or paid for the renter by someone else). Gross rent is intended to eliminate differentials which result from varying practices with respect to the inclusion of utilities and fuels as part of the rental payment.

Related term:
Contract rent

Group quarters (GQ)
The Census Bureau classifies all people not living in households as living in group quarters. There are two types of group quarters: institutional (for example, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and mental hospitals) and non-institutional (for example, college dormitories, military barracks, group homes, missions, and shelters).

Related term:
Household

Group quarters population
Includes all people not living in households. This term includes those people residing in group quarters as of the date on which a particular survey was conducted. Two general categories of people in group quarters are recognized: 1) the institutionalized population which includes people under formally authorized supervised care or custody in institutions at the time of enumeration (such as correctional institutions, nursing homes, and juvenile institutions) and 2) the noninstitutionalized population which includes all people who live in group quarters other than institutions (such as college dormitories, military quarters, and group homes). The noninstitutionalized population includes all people who live in group quarters other than institutions.

Related terms:
Institutionalized population, Noninstitutionalized population







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These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce, and they are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.

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