Did you know that the US Census started in 1790? A census is a special type of survey that collects information about a group of people or the population of a country. The US Census takes place every 10 years and asks questions about the number of people living at an address, ancestry, education, health, and more. The government uses information from the census to decide where to build roads; organize schools and police or fire stations. The population count of the census also determines how many representatives each state has in the House of Representatives.
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Thomas Jefferson led the first census in 1790. There were 6 questions.
The US Census Bureau is part of the US Department of Commerce.
Data from the Census also helps allocate $400 billion in federal funds.
In addition to the decennial census, the US Census Bureau also conducts many other surveys such as the American Community Survey, the US Economic Census, and Current Population Survey.
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