What is the Census?

Why Does the Census Matter?
November 2, 2019

What is the Census?

The census is the count of every person in the United States by the U.S. Census Bureau. Mandated in the Constitution under Article I, Section 2, it has taken place every 10 years since 1790.

The census is critical for determining each state’s representation in Congress and the distribution of more than $650 billion in federal funding for vital programs like public education, public housing, roads and bridges, and much more.