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Confused and don't know where to start? Check out the "Which Data Table or Tool Should I Use? under the Guidance tab on the American Community Survey's page.

"Representation and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers ... . 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."

-- Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States

About What We Do

  • Our Mission - To serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. Full Mission Statement

  • Our Authority - The United States Census Bureau operates under Title 13 and Title 26, of the U.S. Code

  • Our Goal - To provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data we collect and services we provide

  • What Data We Collect & When

    • Population & Housing Census - every 10 years
    • Economic Census - every 5 years
    • Census of Governments - every 5 years
    • American Community Survey - annually
    • Our many surveys -- both Demographic & Economic
    • Economic Indicators - each indicator is released on a specific schedule, see the Economic Indicator Calendar