Background

  • Article 1, Section 2, of the United States Constitution requires that a Census be taken every 10 years for the purpose of apportioning the United States House of Representatives. U.S. Const. art. 1, § 2.
  • The first Census was taken in 1790, and since that time the Census of population has been taken each year ending in zero.
  • Census Day is April 1, 2020, and the Census is designed to determine the population of the United States as of that date.
  • Census results are used to determine the number of congressional seats apportioned to each state.

Source: Texas Secretary of State, 2018