Whether a state’s population is fully represented in the House is based on census collection practices dating back centuries. The number of House seats a state gets will affect its sway in coming presidential elections.
Each year, the federal government distributes billions of dollars in Title I grants to school districts based on the number of low-income children each district serves. Localize your state's stakes with our interactive maps.
Two experts — a university researcher and a former Census Bureau director — point out weaknesses in news coverage of the U.S. census and how journalists can do a better job covering the once-every-10-years population count.