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The U.S. Census Bureau has a long history of geographic innovation. James D.B. DeBow produced the first map in a census publication in 1854, and by the end of the 19th century, the first statistical atlases were produced. In the 20th century, innovations in computing enhanced the ability to produce maps and link maps and global positioning systems.

The questions to the left are some of the most frequently asked about the Census Bureau's geographic programs.

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Census Bureau employees compare census data to maps following the 1930 census

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: May 07, 2013