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Why does the US have a census every ten years?

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April 03, 2017 10:47AM

The U. S. Constitution (Article I, Section II) requires that

there be a census every ten years in order to apportion the seats

in the House of Representatives among the states. Census

information is also used by federal, state and local governments to

assess needs and allocate funding, by academics to study the

changing population, by individuals to trace their genealogy, and

for many other purposes.


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