The Purpose of the Census
Keith Broaders Online Professor
 
The Constitution mandates that a census be taken every ten years to determine how many representatives each state would be entitled to have and to the amount taxes each state would be required to pay to fund the national government. Taxing the people directly was strictly prohibited.

As the population of the states grew their number of representatives would grow in the same proportions. This would guarantee that all of the states would equally represented in the House of Representatives.

Today, the census is used to determine how much each of the tax payers wealth is to be redistributed to each of the states.
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