The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.

Census Bureau (Census) surveys provide periodic and comprehensive statistics about the nation and regions, which is critical for government programs, policies, and decision-making.

Census data is used to:

  • determine the distribution of Congressional seats to states    
  • make planning decisions about community services, such as where to provide services for the elderly, build new roads and schools, or locate job training centers
  • distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year
  • provide age search information for benefits, passport applications, family history research, etc. 


Decennial Census of Population and Housing 

The national census counts every resident in the United States.  It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution, and takes place every 10 years.

Current Population Survey 

The Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States.

American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a mandatory, ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year.

Economic Census

The Economic Census is the U.S. Government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy.

Quarterly Workforce Indicators

The Census Bureau releases fourteen different reports on key economic indicators.  Each indicator is released on a specific schedule.

Census of Governments

This special census identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector, including public finance, public employment and classifications. 

Data Explorer

The Census Bureau launched a tool to help customers search through its various sets of survey data for easier location and analysis of socioeconomic statistics about American communities.

Geographic Narrative Profiles

The Census Bureau offers narrative profiles of regions to assist with compiling data to tell the story about your community.        

News and Data Releases

Stay up on recent releases of data to know when Census has refreshed or updated is data series and products.