Getting the count right matters! Arkansas receives six to seven billion annually in federal dollars based on the results of the national census. These funds support Medicaid and grants for transportation, education, public housing, community development, and dozens of other critical federal programs.
The United States is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to count its population once each decade. Data collected by the decennial census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment) and the distribution of billions in federal funds to local communities.
The Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP) produces estimates of the population for the United States, individual states, Puerto Rico, metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, and counties, cities and towns.
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearlybasis about our nation and its people. It helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand the demographic changes taking place in their communities.