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Census Day, Two Years and Counting…

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Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count the number of people living in the United States. The decennial census is conducted on Census Day, which is April 1 in years ending in zero. The next Census Day is April 1, 2020.

The data collected by the decennial census are used to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. The first U.S. census was in 1790 during the first term of our first president, George Washington. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson led the effort. The population counted was 3,929,625. Congress used these results to apportion 105 seats among 15 states.

Key Stats:

Source: Vintage 2017 Population Estimates.

More information about the Decennial Census, the American Community Survey and previous censuses:

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