Ready for 2020 Census

The SDC network is gathering, organizing and sharing our best practices, activities and guidance on States’ and SDCs’ roles in the 2020 Census.

Tell us about 2020 Census resources produced in your State or by your SDC. (Click here)

Partnership, Complete Count Committees, public outreach and promotion

There are many opportunities to help promote and support the upcoming 2020 Census. Public citizens and government officials can work to spread awareness through complete count committees, schools and universities, Governor’s Commissions, faith-based institutions, and in many other capacities.

A Complete Count Committee (CCC) is a volunteer committee established by state and local governments and/or community leaders to increase awareness about the census and encourage residents of their communities to respond. The committees can include a diverse selection of community representatives from government, education, business, faith, and media organizations. CCCs are responsible for executing a strategy unique to challenges in their community.

Frequently Asked Questions and Info Sheets

2020 Census: Counting Everyone Once, Only Once and in the Right Place. The Census is constitutionally required to apportion seats in the House of Representatives. In addition, the federal government distributes funds based on Census data.  Find detailed information sheets and links to other important Census topics and themes here.

State websites for 2020 Census

See the great work being done across the nation! Many states have established websites to provide local users the important information they need to stay informed and participate in 2020 Census activities. Links to these sites are provided below. If you are aware of a site that is not listed, please add the information here.

Geographic programs

Accurate Geography is the starting point for Accurate data! The Census Bureau provides many programs for local governments to review and update geographic files. There are several geographic partnership programs focusing on different sets of geography.

The Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) requests that local county, state and tribal governments review and update their legal boundaries every year in the Census Bureau’s geographic database.

The Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) helps local, regional, and tribal governments fill in their data gaps by defining statistical boundaries (tracts) and identifying community areas where no legal municipal boundaries exist (Census designated places).

The Geographic Support System (GSS) program encourages local, state , and tribal governments to provide addresses and streetlines data to the Census Bureau throughout the decade.

  • 2020 Census: Information for State and Local Governments (3/14/2018)

    New from Connecticut State Data Center
    2020 Census: Information for State and Local Governments

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  • California Department of Finance 2020 Census website (3/14/2018)

    New from California State Data Center
    California Department of Finance 2020 Census website
    Information about the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program and the California LUCA Participation Incentive
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  • Preparing for Local Update of Census Addresses webinar (12/26/2017)

    The State Data Center Program hosted a webinar, November 29, 2017, on preparing for Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA), from the viewpoint of state and local governments participating in the review.

    This webinar provides an overview of the LUCA process, followed by information on identifying and preparing local address sources, using the block level housing unit counts available from Census, and tools to assist with local address file development.

    The presenters are Robert Scardamalia and Dale Miller. Robert Scardamalia served as New York’s Chief Demographer for over 20 years, and was a member of the SDC Steering Committee ahead of the 2000 an 2010 Censuses. Dale Miller is the Principal Planner with the Herkimer and Oneida Counties (New York) Planning Program. He has been involved with each census since 1990, and participated in his region’s LUCA review in 2000 and 2010.

    The complete slidedeck from November 29 can be downloaded as a PowerPoint file.

    Acknowledgements: The SDC Steering Committee thanks Robert Scardamalia and Dale Miller for delivering this presentation; Census Bureau for hosting the live webinar; and Minnesota State Demographic Center for repackaging this webinar as YouTube videos.

    This webinar is the second in a series of Plan to Plan for 2020 webinars organized by the SDC Steering Committee and hosted by the SDC Program.

Preview of 2020 data products

The Census Bureau is planning now for the data products that will be released following the 2020 Census. Look here for important information, opportunities to comment, and product updates.