As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. 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 data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment) and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.
The next Census in 2020 will require counting an increasingly diverse and growing population of around 330 million people in more than 140 million housing units. To get an accurate count, the Census Bureau must build an accurate address list of every housing unit, maximize self-response to the census, and efficiently follow up with those who do not respond.
Pierce County - Hard to Count
The GAO (Government Accountability Office) was asked to review the Census Bureau’s plans for enumerating hard-to-count groups in the 2020 Census. This 2018 report outlines how the Bureau intends to improve its count of minorities, renters, and young children, as well as the barriers facing the Bureau.