Wednesday, May 7, 2008


The first page of the Questionnaire asks for administrative information.

Questionnaire code TT 1 identifies the database as the Population and Housing Census 2010.

Identifiers such as Region ID, Enumeration District Number, Building Number, Dwelling Unit Number and Household Number will be inserted by the Enumerator/Interviewer and will be done sequentially according to a map of the area, drawn and verified by field officers from the Central Statistical Office.

Name and Address of Respondent allows the census taker to be sure that all persons are counted.

Municipality/Region identifies the broader area in which the household can be located. The dissemination of aggregated information by municipality or by geographic areas is a major strength of the census.

Number of persons in the household is a count which should be equivalent to the responses to question 1 in Section 1.

Total number of questionnaires is a check or control number and is expected to exceed one (1) if there are more than six (6) persons in the household. You will observe that question 1 can accommodate only six answers.

Questionnaire number explains that if the number of persons in the household exceeds 12 then there would be 3 questionnaires- questionnaires 1, 2 and 3.

Result codes are for office use and are completed by the enumerator/interviewer.

The various Names and Signatures that follow are the persons who are responsible for the enumeration of the household.

Page 2 of the Questionnaire is called Section 1- Characteristics- for all persons


Names of Residents- The CSO does not capture names in its database. Names are included to ensure that the information throughout the questionnaire is assigned to specific persons.

Relationship to Head of the Household- The responses to this question allows sociologists to examine family structures in Trinidad and Tobago.

Sex- Gives the number of persons in the country by male and female. Every variable in the questionnaire can then be broken down by sex e.g. Number of persons by age and by sex; number of persons employed by age and by sex. The sex ratio can also be calculated from these numbers.

Date of birth /Age- Age is an extremely important variable in the census questionnaire. The responses to this questionnaire inform analyses on the age structure of the population. The age structure can identify:

  • The number of infants
  • Number of children at the primary/secondary level
  • The size of the labour force
  • The cohort of women at the child bearing age
  • The number of dependents in the population- the number of persons under age 15 + those over 65

The age structure also assists in making population projections in the period between censuses known as the intercensal period.

Ethnic Group- Ethnicity tells what races comprises Trinidad and Tobago, how are we distributed in terms of race?

Religion- Religion answers to which faith we belong and how we are distributed throughout the country in terms of religion.

Each question can be cross classified with other questions to explain the demographic profile of Trinidad and Tobago.

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