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What is the Census?

"A census is a count of the population of a country at a fixed date. National governments conduct censuses to determine how many people live in a different areas of the country; to assess whether or not the population is growing, stable, or declining in the country as a whole, and in particular parts of the country; and to describe the characteristics of the population in terms of age, sex, ethnic background, marital status, income and other variables." (Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census, p. ix.)

The first census of the United States was in 1790. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census of the population every 10 years.

Additional information on the census and the Census Bureau is available from: For more information about the Census, see the Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census 2 NORTH Reference HA 37 U55 E53 2000 that provides articles on topics concerning the U.S. census.

  • U.S. Census Bureau
    Agency's web site furnishes statistics and data on demographics.
  • What Does the Bureau Do?
    "Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by our strong and capable workforce, our readiness to innovate, and our abiding commitment to our customers." the Census Bureau Mission Statement

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