A census taker interviews the First Family (the Trumans) in 1950.
What activity was mandated by the U.S. Constitution in 1787 to occur within 3 years and be repeated every 10 years after to determine each state’s share of taxes and representation in Congress? If you answered the U.S. Federal Census you would be correct. The U.S. Census has been taken every 10 years from 1790 to 2010 and will be done again in 2020. Even though the original intent of the census was to determine the total population in the U.S., it has always included more information than just a head count. The questions changed and became more complex over the years as the federal government became interested in other kinds of demographic information. Since the 2000 census, the U.S. government has also conducted the American Community Survey in the years between the censuses to fill in the blanks and keep the demographic information up to date. Read More