Lesson Plan: Overview of the Census

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The decennial U.S. census is the population count that is Constitutionally required to occur every ten years. The information obtained through the census is the basis for reapportionment and redistricting in Congress. This information also affects the allocation of government funds, state apportionment, and local planning and investment. In this lesson, students will learn about how the census works, obstacles in obtaining accurate representation and current issues pertaining to the 2020 census. The entire lesson plan can be access through the following link: