Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census is a once-in-a-decade count of every person living in the United States, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status. This count extends to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Census data is used to:
- Geographically define state legislative districts and determine state representation in Congress
- Calculate how federal funding is allocated to states
- Develop vital information that helps us understand our communities
The first sub-state data from the 2020 decennial census was released on August 12, 2021. Below, find answers to questions we’ve received about this data and about the data that is yet to be released.