The Pew Research Center reports that the Census Bureau is thinking about killing questions in its American Community Survey, which has been attacked by Republicans as an invasion of privacy. Some of those questions in the housing section ask about the presence, or lack of, indoor plumbing facilities. How is such a question still relevant in 2014? Pretty relevant, as it turns out.
630,000 American households don't have flush toilets
There are 630,000 households without a flush toilet. Extrapolated to typical households size in the U.S., that's about 1.6 million people. There's a lot of geographic variability and the article includes and interactive map. The American Community Survey is used to guide about $416 billion in federal spending.