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The U.S. Census Bureau was established in 1902 by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor. Its main function is to conduct a census of the population every ten years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. However, the Census Bureau also collects and provides data on a wide range of economic and demographic topics, including employment, income, and housing.

The Census Bureau uses technology extensively in order to achieve its goals, including online surveys, data processing and analysis, and mapping and visualization tools. The Bureau’s website,, serves as the primary hub for accessing Census Bureau data and resources.

The Census Bureau provides several APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to developers in order to facilitate access to its data. These APIs include:

Census Data API: This API provides access to a wide range of Census Bureau data, including population, housing, employment, and income statistics.

TIGERweb API: This API provides access to the Bureau’s mapping and visualization tools, allowing developers to create interactive maps and other visualizations using Census Bureau data.

American Community Survey API: This API provides access to data from the American Community Survey, which is conducted annually and provides detailed information on demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the U.S. population.

The performance of the Census Bureau’s APIs is generally considered to be good, with developers praising their ease of use and the richness and depth of the data they provide.

The Census Bureau has evolved significantly over the years, adopting new technologies and methods in order to improve the accuracy and efficiency of its data collection and analysis. The Bureau’s plans for the future include continued modernization and digitalization of its data collection processes, as well as expanded use of data visualization and mapping tools.

The Census Bureau has made news on numerous occasions, including for controversies over questions included in the 2020 Census and concerns over the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the accuracy of the census count.

Developers generally have positive opinions of the Census Bureau and its APIs, citing the richness and depth of the data they provide as well as the ease of use of the APIs themselves. However, some developers have also criticized the Bureau’s data collection methods and the accuracy of its data in certain areas.

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