About the American Secular Census

The American Secular Census℠ is the independent national registry of demographic and viewpoint data recorded by Secular Americans. Census registrants are U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 18 years of age who are skeptical of supernatural claims, including those generally associated with religion. Each registrant maintains an American Secular Census website account used to complete Census forms collecting personal and household information, a secular profile, a religious profile, political activism and voting patterns, philanthropy habits, parenting information, military service, experiences with discrimination, public policy and social views, and opinions about secular advocacy. Users are encouraged to update their forms as frequently as needed so that at any given time the Census represents the most accurate possible snapshot of the Secular American population.

Each active American Secular Census record is zipcode-matched to its corresponding Congressional district, giving us the first and only database with the capacity to filter Secular Americans' demographic and viewpoint data across the 435 districts of the United States Congress.

Launched November 7, 2011, the American Secular Census is a project of Secular Innovations LLC, a limited liability company. The Census was conceived and created by Mary Ellen Sikes, a Web developer with more than twenty years' experience in systems analysis, programming, and technology education for government, private industry, public schools, and the nonprofit sector. Mary Ellen became involved in the secular movement in the early 1990s, went on to found and lead a local humanist group, and served in various staff, officer, advisory, and board positions for regional and national organizations. Prior to developing the American Secular Census, Mary Ellen donated thousands of hours of technology services and other forms of assistance to secular identity organizations. She is one of the four founders of Secular Woman, a membership organization that went public June 28, 2012 with the mission of amplifying the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women.

Consultation on Census methodology is provided by Dr. Connie Bish, who earned a Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Science and a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, Dr. Bish is an instructional and applied epidemiologist. She has experience collecting and analyzing data ranging from clinical research protocols to population level surveillance of health outcomes. Dr. Bish utilizes statistical methodology that assists in teasing out the multifactorial individual, societal, cultural, and environmental components of health.

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