Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

U.S. Census Bureau Partners with Local Government to Create Accurate Census Address Files

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

U.S. Census Bureau Partners with Local Government to Create Accurate Census Address Files

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Representatives from the U.S. Bureau of the Census have begun planning for the 2010 Census. As part of the decennial census preparations, the Census Bureau is inviting state, local and tribal governments to participate in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program.

The input of local government officials in LUCA, particularly regarding recent changes in residential trends, is vital to obtaining a good count for all local jurisdictions. Local government's partnership with the Census Bureau helps assure that the residential patterns on the ground are accurately reflected in the Census Bureau's Master Address File (MAF).

The verification of MAF through the input of local jurisdictions provides a comprehensive address list used to deliver the 2010 Census questionnaires, which are mailed or hand-delivered to every person in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Local government participation in the LUCA program is critical to ensure accurate census results in all communities by preventing undercounting or over-counting of citizens.

Obtaining an accurate count is essential to local government budgeting, as census data is used to determine federal allocation formulas. The formulas are used to allocate about $300 million in federal resources. …

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