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About the Census

Information about how to research and cite Census data.

What is the Census?

The census' main goal is to count the entire population of the United States as well as its five territories, and to see at which locations each person usually resides. This information is used in order to determine what aid should be provided to communities and how many seats each state should have in the House of Representatives.

How Does the Census Impact Me?

The census provides data that is critical to lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many other groups who provide daily services and support for you and your local community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources, all based on census data.

Popular Census Topics

Income is used to gauge the well-being of the U.S. population. Learn more about the census and its income/poverty data here!

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Health statistics are important to measure the nation's well-being, and the Census Bureau provides detailed statistics relating to health Find out more here!

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The Census Bureau has information on educational attainment and school enrollment, find out more here!

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The Census Bureau collects data about families and communities to find trends with family composition and the number of children, young adults, and couples living in the U.S. Find out more here!

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The Census Bureau collects data on race as according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget guidelines, based on self-identification. Find out more here!

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