Cities can help achieve an accurate census count by making sure the Census Bureau’s address list is complete and accurate. Last year California participated in the Local Update of Census Addresses program (LUCA), which was the first opportunity for input to the address list. In summer 2019, LUCA participants will be able to submit supporting documentation to appeal addresses deleted or rejected by the Census Bureau.
In addition to the LUCA program, the New Construction Program scheduled for September through November 2019 gives local governments an opportunity to supplement the address list. Information from the Census Bureau indicates that only 57 cities have responded to an invitation to participate in the New Construction Program. Cities must register by June 14 to participate.
Through the New Construction Program, local governments will submit addresses for residential units under construction on or after March 1, 2018 where completion is expected by Census Day, April 1, 2020. Please visit the 2020 Census New Construction website
for more information, including the program schedule and frequently asked questions.
The stakes for an accurate 2020 California census count are high. An undercount can result in the loss of federal funds, as well as congressional representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cities are advised to participate in the New Construction Program to make certain that new homes and the population residing in them are included in the census.
There are two ways to register:
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economics and Statistics Administration
U.S. Census Bureau
1201 E 10th Street
Jeffersonville IN 47132-0001
ATTN: GEOGRAPHY NEW CONSTRUCTION BLDG 63-D
For questions regarding the New Construction Program, please contact the Census Bureau at GEO.2020.NC@census.gov
or call 1 (844) 242-1765.