CENSUS BUREAU 101 FOR STUDENTS
The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of information on the nation’s people, places, and economy, providing data about our country’s population size and growth as well as detailed portraits of the changing characteristics of our communities. The Census Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was created to address language in the Constitution on America’s need to count its population. America’s founders recognized that this information was needed to effectively serve its people. The data collected as part of the first count in 1790 — a six-question survey — expanded in the following years to include information on the economy, immigration, migration, and agriculture. One of the most important ways all of this information has been used is to determine apportionment of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The count of the U.S. population — carried out every 10 years — is called the Decennial Census of Population and Housing.
During the decennial census, the Census Bureau contacts every household, asking questions such as:
• How many people live or stay in this house, apartment, or mobile home?
• What is the name of the person who owns this house, apartment, or mobile home?
• How old is the person who owns this house, apartment, or mobile home? When is his or her birthday?
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