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The 2020 Census is approaching– and cities need to prepare. The Census population counts have major implications for how an estimated 675 billion dollars is distributed to local governments each year.  Redistricting of legislative districts and enforcement of statutes affecting voting rights rely on decennial Census data. The decennial Census has a major effect on cities, and local leaders can play a significant role in its success.

Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program

To maintain high-quality data, it is important that all levels of government participate. Cities can assist by participating in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program.

LUCA was established to allow local governments to review and provide updates to the U.S. Census Bureau’s master list of addresses in advance of the 2020 Census. To participate, the highest elected official in the local government needs to ensure the return of completed LUCA forms to the Census Bureau by December 15

Additional sources and information can be found here:

Registered LUCA participant map-- This interactive map shows the governments that have initially agreed to patriciate in the program.

LUCA information-- This link has detailed information on the program, including copies of registration forms, dates of training and workshops and an information guide.

Questions?  1-844-344-0169 or email the Census Bureau at geo.2020.luca@census.gov

State Complete Count Commissions or Committees

Our goal is a complete and accurate census.
Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. One way you can help is by forming a State Complete Count Commission or a Complete Count Committee.

State and local governments, businesses and community leaders form Complete Count Committees to encourage participation in their community. They let their communities know that the census is easy, safe and important.

State Complete Count Commissions and Complete Count Committees can start forming now!

  • By forming now, you can begin developing your plan, allocating your resources and informing your community.

    • A good first step is identifying your community’s unique characteristics. Consider any barriers or concerns that may prevent your community members from participating in the census. Then you can explore ways to address or overcome those barriers.

    • You can begin allocating funds for conducting outreach activities through 2020.

    • In 2019, residents may begin to see census workers verifying our address list in your community. The more informed your residents are about the 2020 Census, the better they will understand the process and the more willing they will be to participate.

If you are interested in forming a Complete Count Committee, contact the Census Bureau regional office covering your area. You can find your regional office at https://www.census.gov/about/contact-us/regions.html

 

 

 

 

 

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