There’s an unwritten rule in journalism. Don’t write more than seven numbers in a paragraph. People don’t like to read numbers and more than seven confuses them.
I’m afraid I’m going to have to break that rule.
This is a story about the U.S. Census so, of course, we’re going to talk about numbers.
The U.S. Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Article 1, Section 2 says “representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the states, according to their respective numbers…”
It also says, “The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of ten years.”
In other words, every 10 years, everyone in the country is supposed to be counted so representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and taxes can be distributed accordingly.