ABOUT THE U.S.
The United States Census is a method for Congress to count every living person in the United States and gather important information about the current population. Our founding fathers felt it was so important to get a head count of every living person and be sure the U.S. government represented the people that they made the census a requirement in the Constitution. Article 1, Section 2 states, “The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.”
The idea of using the census to empower the people of the United States over their government was genius. Prior to 1790, the Census was used mainly to tax, secure property or enlist the youth into military service. Since then, the Census has determined the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives and helped guide planning for the future of our communities. In 1954, Congress authorized the Census as Title 13, U.S. Code, requiring the Census Bureau to notify Congress of general Census subjects to be addressed three years before the decennial Census and the actual question to be asked two years before the decennial Census. Congress does have the authority to require “both an enumeration and the collection of statistics in the Census”. The 2020 Census will be historic, for the first time you will be able to complete the Census online.