In the United States, the census determines how certain money is distributed, how political lines are drawn and how the elected officials for the House of Representatives are distributed by state. The U.S. Census is compiled every 10 years as determined by the U.S. Constitution.Know More
Before 1911, the number of representatives in the House of Representatives continued to grow as the population grew. However, Congress capped the number at 435 in 1911. Nonetheless, the census determines how those representatives are allocated by state.
The census also helps determine whether the amount of money allocated for a specific program is sufficient. For instance, because the census counts people by age, it helps determine how much money is needed for programs like Social Security and Medicare.Learn more about Public Records
Census records that are at least 72 years old can be viewed for free from libraries that have a census subscription. Information from censuses conducted between 1790 and 1940 are available via these subscription services, as of 2015.Full Answer >
FamilySearch has created a searchable database of census records from 1790 through 1940. The database allows searching by name, census year and location. While the search results return transcribed information, it is also possible to view images of the original records.Full Answer >
Census tract codes for a specific address can be found using the Census Geocoder tool at the website of the United States Census Bureau. Users of this tool can input a street address in order to find out which census tract it is situated in.Full Answer >
Old census records are free to view at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., as well as 11 of its regional facilities. State archives, state libraries and public libraries typically hold census records for free public viewing. The USGenWeb Project is an online resource for free census records.Full Answer >