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2020 Census

As mandated in Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, every 10 years, we conduct a nationwide count of every person living in the United States.

By providing updated counts of population, housing, and other key demographic data, results from the 2020 Census will guide reapportionment of representation in the U.S. Congress and help states in redrawing the boundaries of all congressional and state legislative districts for the coming decade.

The 2020 Census results will also be used to reset benchmarks for national, local, and small area counts for other government surveys, in addition to many public and private data sets.

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