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The Census Bureau packages data and information into easy-to-understand visuals.
Browse Census Bureau images.
Read briefs and reports from Census Bureau experts.
Watch Census Bureau vignettes, testimonials, and video files.
Read research analyses from Census Bureau experts.
Developer portal to access services and documentation for the Census Bureau's APIs.
Explore Census Bureau data on your mobile device with interactive tools.
Find a multitude of DVDs, CDs and publications in print by topic.
These external sites provide more data.
Download extraction tools to help you get the in-depth data you need.
Explore Census data with interactive visualizations covering a broad range of topics.
How we provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data we collect.
Learn about other opportunities to collaborate with us.
Explore the rich historical background of an organization with roots almost as old as the nation.
Explore prospective positions available at the Census Bureau.
Explore Census programs targeted for particular needs.
Discover the latest in Census Bureau data releases, reports, and events.
The Census Bureau's Director writes on how we measure America's people, places and economy.
Find interesting and quirky statistics regarding national celebrations and major events.
Listen to audio files on fun facts, historical figures, and celebrations of the month.
Find media toolkits, advisories, and all the latest Census news.
See what's coming up in releases and reports.
The U.S. Census Bureau plays a vital role in documenting America’s growth as neighborhoods change, babies are born, people move, businesses grow, disasters strike, and landscapes begin to emerge from the skyline. The U.S. Census Bureau helps write the history of our nation by collecting information to produce statistics.
The U.S. Census Bureau provides the official economic, population, and demographic statistics for our nation. Census data provide an accurate picture of our nation today, and are used by decision makers at all levels of government—local, state, and federal—to make decisions about resources that may affect people’s lives for years to come. In addition, Census data are used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The NPC is the main data processing center for the U.S. Census Bureau. This means that virtually all Census surveys that are completed are returned to the NPC for data capture. However, the NPC does not just capture the data. When the Census Bureau conducts a survey, the forms are mailed out to respondents from the NPC. At some point, the forms are returned to the NPC where they are checked in and the information is then keyed and scanned into the data capture system.
Once the forms are analyzed to ensure the data have been accurately recorded, the data are sent on to headquarters. After this process is complete, the Census Bureau issues reports to the nation about its findings. Behind every statistic is thousands of hours of work to design questions, design surveys, collect the data, and analyze it. Virtually every number—every statistic—published or quoted by the U.S. Census Bureau is based on work that occurs (starts and ends) in the National Processing Center.