Bureau of the Census (Federal Agency Profiles)
PARENT ORGANIZATION: Department of Commerce
ESTABLISHED: March 6, 1902
ADDRESS: Department of Commerce Washington, DC 20233
PHONE: (301) 457-3030
TOLL FREE: (301) 457-4067
FAX: (301) 457-3670
ACTING DIRECTOR: James F. Holmes
DEPUTY DIRECTOR: Bradford R. Huther
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The mission of the Census Bureau is to collect and provide punctual, relevant, and reliable data about the people and economy of the United States. The bureau's long-standing purpose has been to provide the official statistics required for effective governing as authorized by the Constitution, but its scope of responsibility has grown to include the provision of products and services to the public. It aims to succeed through innovative management and customer service.
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
The Bureau of the Census is one of two agencies (the Bureau of Economic Analysis is the other) under the supervision and control of the Economics and Statistics Administration, a Department of Commerce mission area led by...
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Bureau of the Census (Encyclopedia of Public Health)
The United States created a permanent census bureau in 1902. Early censuses of the U.S. population, which have been taken every ten years since 1790, were operated by temporary organizations. Today, the Census Bureau is the largest U.S. statistical agency. It collects a wide range of data about the U.S. population and economyncluding data about families, disabilities, poverty, education, housing, and economic activity. It also conducts surveys for other federal agencies on health, alcohol-related conditions, medical care, surgery, nursing homes, and home and hospice care. Government, business, and community planners use Census Bureau data to help them make informed decisions in planning public health and other government programs.
(SEE ALSO: Census; Demography; Statistics for Public Health)