Bureau of Census

DEFINITION of 'Bureau of Census'

A division of the federal government of the United States Bureau of Commerce that is responsible for conducting the national census at least once every 10 years, in which the population of the United States is counted. The Bureau of Census is also responsible for collecting data on the people, economy and country of the United States. Also known as the "United States Census Bureau".

BREAKING DOWN 'Bureau of Census'

Data collected by the Bureau of Census is analyzed and used by policymakers who govern the country and make economic decisions that affect business on a day-to-day basis. The Bureau of Census collects data on the balance of trade and foreign import and export, and it reports data to the government and the public at large. Some of the data collected by the Bureau of Census is used by the Conference Board to produce its Composite Indexes of Leading, Lagging and Coincident Indicators.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Bureau Of Public Debt

    An agency of the United States Department of the Treasury that ...
  2. Bureau of Economic Analysis - BEA

    A division of the U.S. federal government's Department of Commerce ...
  3. Retail Sales

    An aggregated measure of the sales of retail goods over a stated ...
  4. Housing Unit

    One of a house, apartment, mobile home, group of rooms or single ...
  5. Mixed File

    A credit bureau record that contains more than one consumer’s ...
  6. Durable Goods Orders

    An economic indicator released monthly by the Bureau of Census ...
Related Articles
  1. Retirement

    Economic Indicators: Housing Starts

    By Ryan Barnes Release Date: On or around the 17th of the month Release Time: 8:30am Eastern Standard Time Coverage: ...
  2. Savings

    Top 10 Fastest Growing Industries in the United States

    Six of the ten fastest growing industries are directly related to new residential construction.
  3. Home & Auto

    8 Signs Your Neighborhood Is On The Upswing

    If you were hard-hit by the real estate crash, you may be wondering when things will get better for you. We show you how to keep tabs.
  4. Home & Auto

    Real Estate Indicators For Prospective Homebuyers

    If you want to buy a home but you’re holding out until market conditions show signs of improvement, housing indicators can help point the way.
  5. Economics

    The Correlation Between Education And The Economy

    Is there a correlation between education level and a state's economic output?
  6. Savings

    How Your Finances Compare To The Average American

    The phrase personal finance is pretty apt; your budget, financial goals and income are all unique to you, but there are some similarities with the average American.
  7. Economics

    Can Investors Trust Official Statistics?

    The official statistics in some countries need to be taken with a grain of salt. Find out why you should be skeptical.
  8. Economics

    What is the Retail Sales Report?

    The retail sales report is a measurement of the goods that retailers sell based on a sampling of different stores.
  9. Investing News

    April Retail Sales Rise 1.3%, Beat Expectations

    April Retail Sales Report
  10. Professionals

    80 Years After Black Tuesday

    It has been 80 years since the stock market experienced a one-day slide of $14 billion. Find out what's changed - and what hasn't.
RELATED FAQS
  1. How does the Bureau of Labor Statistics determine the unemployment rate?

    Learn how estimates of the unemployment rate are made based on monthly surveys of American households that are conducted ... Read Answer >>
  2. What does the Bureau of Labor Statistics do?

    By collecting, analyzing and reporting on important economic data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has become a critical information ... Read Answer >>
  3. When was the Bureau of Indian Affairs created?

    Formed on March 11, 1824, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is the oldest operating bureau within the United States Department ... Read Answer >>
  4. What's the difference between housing starts and building permits?

    Both housing starts and building permits are economic indicators used to assess the health of the housing market, but their ... Read Answer >>
  5. What does the current cost of living compare to 20 years ago?

    Find out how inflation has affected the dollar since 1994, and how the cost of living has changed above and beyond what can ... Read Answer >>
  6. How does the Bureau of Labor Statistics determine the Consumer Price Index (CPI)?

    Changes in the average price level of more than 200 goods and services across the U.S. economy are used to determine the ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Goldilocks Economy

    An economy that is not so hot that it causes inflation, and not so cold that it causes a recession. This term is used to ...
  2. White Squire

    Very similar to a "white knight", but instead of purchasing a majority interest, the squire purchases a lesser interest in ...
  3. MACD Technical Indicator

    Moving Average Convergence Divergence (or MACD) is a trend-following momentum indicator that shows the relationship between ...
  4. Over-The-Counter - OTC

    Over-The-Counter (or OTC) is a security traded in some context other than on a formal exchange such as the NYSE, TSX, AMEX, ...
  5. Quarter - Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4

    A three-month period on a financial calendar that acts as a basis for the reporting of earnings and the paying of dividends.
  6. Weighted Average Cost Of Capital - WACC

    Weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is a calculation of a firm's cost of capital in which each category of capital is ...
Trading Center