National Geographic Encyclopedic Entry – US Census

For students (or anyone, really) interested in basic information about data collected by the Census, check out this posting from National Geographic. Learn how and why the Census Bureau collects the information that it does.

Did you know that the U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States and is required by the United States Constitution to take place every 10 years. The 2010 census found that there are 308,745,538 people in the U.S.

In order to count and collect information about all those residents, the Census Bureau delivers a 10-question form to every household. This form includes questions about sex, age, race, household relationships, and property ownership. These sets of data are defined as demographic data.

Read more about the US Census here: National Geographic – The US Census

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