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How Do We Know?

How Do We Know About Our Nation

A census tells us not only about our past, but it can help us prepare for our future. So, HOW DO WE KNOW about our nation? To better understand where we came from, let's take a look back at what America was like during the first census.

The Constitutionality of the Census

William Fliss, an archivist at Marquette University, discusses how census data is vital in showing us the transformation the United States has taken throughout the years. It is from this data that we learn about ourselves and the society in which we live.

Margo Anderson, a professor of History and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, talks about how the taking of the census has changed since 1790.

Business use of ACS Statistics

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a useful source of information for the private sector. It can provide characteristics on potential customers, where a business could expand, etc. See an example of how businesses are using the ACS.

The American Community Survey Tells Us About Our Nation

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a leading source of statistics about our nation and its people. Information from the ACS allows the public, businesses, governments and communities to make decisions, plan and invest for the future. Watch this video to learn more about the ACS.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | (301) 763-4636 | Last Revised: September 20, 2012