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Why Are There Census Takers on My Street?

In 1790, around 650 U.S. marshals carried out the nation’s first decennial census. In 2020, thousands of census takers will help to conduct the count.


With the 2020 Census just around the corner, you might start seeing U.S. Census Bureau employees in neighborhoods near you. They play a critical role throughout the census, ensuring that everyone in the United States is counted. This is important because census results show where there are more people. And where there are more people, there is more of a need for hospitals, schools, food assistance, and more.

So, what exactly are they doing out there? Click through this slideshow to learn about census workers’ many important roles: