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The 2020 Census Challenge

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In a fun and interactive format, this video engages student viewers with 2020 Census-related trivia questions. Students and educators are encouraged to play along in their classrooms.

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What is the 2020 Census?

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.

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When was the first census in the United States?

The first census began more than a year after the inauguration of President Washington and shortly before the second session of the first Congress ended.

Congress assigned responsibility for the 1790 Census to the marshals of the U.S. judicial districts. The pay allowed for the 1790 "enumerators" was very small, and did not exceed $1 for 50 people properly recorded on the rolls.

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How often does the U.S. Census Bureau count the entire population of the country?

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to determine the number of people living in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the census in years ending in zero, on Census Day, which is April 1.

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About how many people did the U.S. Census Bureau count in the U.S. in 2010?

The 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538.

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What percentage of households in the U.S. had a computer at home in 2017?

In 2016, the American Community Survey (ACS) found that 89 percent of households had a computer, making it a common feature of everyday life.

Nowadays, people use computers for an even wider range of uses including online banking, entertainment, socializing, and accessing health care.

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Census responses help inform how more than $675 billion in federal funds are spent in states and communities every year.

When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

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