The United States Census is a federal initiative occurring every 10 years, which counts the number of people living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Somoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The Census occurs every 10 years and began in 1790. The official Census Day is April 1, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions from NC Census 2020
What is the decennial census?
The U.S. Constitution requires a Census every 10 years to determine the number of Congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. As the most reliable picture of the population, Census data provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. Data are also used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts, as well as other local and state political boundaries.