The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. Counting everyone in the United States and five U. S. territories is a massive undertaking. It constitutes the nation's largest peacetime activity. Why it matters: Hospitals. Fire Departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to the states and communities. Shape your future. It's easy, it's important, it's safe.