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What We Do

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Our Mission

The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.

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Our Authority

The Census Bureau operates under Title 13 and Title 26 of the U.S. Code.

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Our Goal

Our goal is to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality and cost for the data we collect and services we provide.

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How Our Data Are Used

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To determine the distribution of Congressional seats to states

  • Mandated by the U.S. Constitution
  • Used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Used to define legislature districts, school district assignment areas and other important functional areas of government

Find out about the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Program

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To make planning decisions about community services

Such as where to:

  • Provide services for the elderly
  • Build new roads and schools
  • Locate job training centers

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To distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year

Census data informs how states and communities allocate funding for:

  • Neighborhood improvements
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Much more

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To provide Age Search information

The Age Search service provides information for:

  • Qualifying for Social Security and other retirement benefits
  • Passport applications
  • Proving relationship in settling estates
  • Researching family history or a historical topic

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