I am just trying gather some information on this opinionated question:
Could the US Census be made more useful? What variables do you think should be added? What variables should be eliminated? (When I say variables I am referring to the data gathered for the Census, such as age, sex, ethnicity)
This solution gives background information on the history of US Census and how it began for tax purposes and changed over the years to include questions on construction, housing and others. It also contains suggestions on how the census could be made more efficient and useful.