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How many census takers are needed to conduct the census?

In 1790, approximately 650 U.S. Marshals were employed to conduct the census. Most recently, Census 2010 employed 635,000. The chart at the bottom of each Fast Facts page provides estimates of the number of census takers needed for each census, along with other census-related data.

1920 census interview
A census taker conducts an interview for the 1930 census.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: March 31, 2014