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The United Nations General Assembly designated Oct. 20, 2015 as the second World Statistics Day to highlight the role of official statistics and the many achievements of national statistical systems. Statistical organizations throughout the world will celebrate this year’s theme of “Better Data. Better Lives” at the national and regional level. The U.S. government has a long history of collecting statistics about the nation’s people, economy and society beginning with the first national census in 1790. Today, 13 principal federal agencies collect or publish the statistics the nation uses to record progress and plan for the future.

Infographic: World Statistics Day 2015 [JPG]

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]