1890 Census: Why Do We Take a Census
Reason #2: POLITICAL POWER Aside from gathering information of immense practical and historical value, the Decennial Census is used to determine how many seats each state will be given in the U.S. House of Representatives. States also use the information to realign congressional and state legislative districts in their states, taking into account population shifts since the last census.
“The Founders of our fledgling nation had a bold and ambitious plan to empower the people over their new government. The plan was to count every person living in the newly created United States of America, and to use that count to determine representation in the Congress.
Enshrining this invention in our Constitution marked a turning point in world history.”
–U.S. Census Bureau
Reason #3: MONEY Over 400 billion of dollars in federal funds are allocated to states and local communities based on population.