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When did the U.S. Census Bureau move to Suitland, MD, and why?

The Census Bureau moved to Suitland, MD, in Spring 1942, so the the Office of Price Administration (OPA) could move into the building it had previously occupied at Virginia Avenue and D Street in Washington, DC. At the time, the Roosevelt Administration and Census Bureau agreed it was critical to have the OPA's war-related operations close to Congress and the White House.

Census Bureau headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Before moving its headquarters to Suitland, MD, the Census Bureau was located at Virginia Avenue and D Street, Washington, D.C.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: October 21, 2014