USAFacts A Trustworthy Source for Civic Enlightenment
The United States government is vast in scope and spending. It serves 321 million people across 90,000 jurisdictions, spending more than $5 trillion a year. The size of the government matches its mission, which is stated in the United States Constitution: “Establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; promote the general welfare; and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” As citizens, we seek to hold the government accountable to this Constitutional promise, yet we lack the tools to understand government priorities and evaluate effectiveness. In the absence of data, reasoned and informed debate on the role and scope of government becomes virtually impossible. Differences of opinion, once only natural in a democracy, become unbridgeable as objective facts are hard to come by.
USAFacts came to Artefact with a significant challenge: help make dense government data easy to understand, visually digestible and accessible for everyone. When USAFacts launched, more than 2.5 million people visited the site in the first 24 hours, a testament to the demand for a resource that helps people explore and understand government data and its impact.