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Founding Fathers created the Census
As we celebrate this Independence Day, we reflect on how our Founding Fathers enshrined the importance of statistics in our Constitution as a vital tool for measuring our people, places and economy. Since 1790, the U.S. Census has been much more than a simple head count; it has charted the growth and composition of our nation. The questions have evolved over time to address our changing needs. Today, the 10-year census, the economic census and the American Community Survey give Congress and community leaders the information they need to make informed decisions that shape our democracy. These statistics are how we know how our country is doing. Photo: A bald eagle flies from its nest as an eaglet looks on, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)