The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.
The Census Bureau operates under Title 13 and Title 26 of the U.S. Code.
Our goal is to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality and cost for the data we collect and services we provide.
American Community Survey (ACS)
The American Community Survey is the premier source for information about America's changing population, housing and workforce.
Census of Governments
Identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector including public finance and public employment and classifications.
Decennial Census of Population and Housing
The U.S. 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.
The Economic Census provides detailed information on employer businesses, including detailed data by industry, geography, and more.
Find out about the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Program
Such as where to:
Census data informs how states and communities allocate funding for:
Modernizing Federal Statistics
Learn how we are leveraging 21st century technology and data science to transform our nation’s statistical infrastructure.
The Census Bureau reuses data from other agencies to cut the cost of data collection and to reduce the burden on people who respond to our censuses and surveys.
Evidence-Based Decision-Making at the Census Bureau
Learn how we support evidence-building across government, how we measure the effectiveness of our own work, and how we’re implementing the Evidence Act.
Data Linkage Infrastructure
Our Data Linkage Infrastructure is transforming data discovery and fueling innovative research.
Student Opportunities Program
The Census Bureau has a number of programs available for students along with research opportunities for the scientific community.
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts demographic, economic, & geographic studies of other countries & strengthens statistical development around the world.
Respond to Requests
This is our Frequently Asked Questions site. Start here to check if your question has already been answered.
Research to Improve Data on Race and Ethnicity
Learn more about Census Bureau's ongoing history of conducting research to improve questions and data on race and ethnicity.