The Census Question
June 4, 2019
The U.S. census — a count of every person in the country that takes place every decade — is an often overlooked linchpin of America’s democratic system. Required by the U.S. Constitution, its results determine how many congressional representatives each state receives. It also dictates how the federal government allocates almost $900 billion a year in federal spending. Even a 1% undercount can cost a state millions of dollars.