History

SCIENCE AND CAN CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY!

Counting people is important to the United States and to many other countries around the world. It helps governments determine the distribution of people in the various regions of a nation. To obtain this information, the government takes a census— a count of how many people are living in their country on a particular day at a particular time, and in a particular place. A census is a snapshot of a country's population.

Counting on the Count

When the United States government was formed, its founders set up the House of Representatives based on population. Areas with more people had more government representatives, and areas with fewer people had fewer representatives. In 1787, the requirement for a census became part of the U.S. Constitution. A census must be taken every ten years so the proper number of representatives for each state can be calculated.

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