The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency. The Census Bureau is dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy. Geography is central to the work of the Census Bureau, providing the framework for survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination.
The Census Bureau maintains a nationwide geographic database that includes boundary information for legal, statistical, and administrative areas. The Census Bureau also maintains physical features such as streets and rivers, as well as a national address file, to support censuses and surveys. The Geography Division plans, coordinates, and administers all geographic and cartographic activities needed to facilitate the Census Bureau’s statistical programs throughout the United States and its territories.