2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016  
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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Person non-response

Person non-response

Person non-response occurs in two situations:
  • where there was a person in a private dwelling, and it was identified as occupied on Census night but a Census form was not returned (dwelling non-response), the number of people in the dwelling and their key characteristics are imputed. People imputed into non-responding dwellings are non-responding persons, and
  • where a person in a non-private dwelling did not return a form.

The person non-response rate is calculated by dividing the number of non-responding persons by all persons identified as in either an occupied private dwelling or a non-private dwelling on Census night, and is expressed as a percentage.

Person non-response rate =
All non-responding persons in occupied private dwellings or in non-private dwellings x 100
Total of all persons in occupied private dwellings or in non-private dwellings

The person non-response rate includes people in non-responding dwellings and non-private dwellings.

See also Dwelling non-response, Item non-response.

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