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Massachusetts Population Estimates Program

Population Estimates Program: Resources for Cities & Towns

Data dashboard showing map on desktop computer/As we approach Census 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau is providing increased opportunities for states and local governments to have an impact on the decennial count in their regions. PEP is actively participating in a number of these opportunities in coordination with the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. To help cities and towns prepare for Census 2020 and, specifically, for the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) 2020 effort, PEP is preparing and posting online resources for use by local governments. See below for current Census preparation resources, and check back on this page for additional resources as we draw closer to Census 2020.

 

 

To help local governments prepare for the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA), the U.S. Census Bureau has released updated counts of residential addresses by block from their Master Address File (MAF) for the entire country. These housing unit counts can be compared with local address list to help determine where the Census Bureau’s MAF might be missing residential addresses. Participants in LUCA will have the opportunity to submit new or missing residential addresses to the Census Bureau to ensure that the 2020 Census count is as complete as possible.



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Housing Unit Change by Census Block, 2010-2017

The map in Dashboard 1 displays the difference between the Census 2010 and 2017 MAF housing unit counts by block. Cities and towns may use this information to identify specific blocks for which the Census Bureau has or has not captured housing unit growth since the last Census count in 2010. Excel files including block-by-block comparisons can also be downloaded for each municipality through this dashboard. Click here for FAQs on using the 2010 to 2017 comparison dashboard.

 


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Housing Unit Count Comparisons: U.S. Census MAF vs. UMDI State Sources 2017

The map in Dashboard 2 displays the difference between the UMDI and 2017 Census housing unit counts by block. Cities and towns may use this information to identify specific blocks for which there are differences between the UMDI housing unit and group quarters counts and the 2017 Census MAF counts. Excel files including block-by-block comparisons of housing unit and group quarters counts can also be downloaded for each municipality through this dashboard. Additionally, municipalities may request the detailed UMDI Address List for their town, from which housing unit/group quarters counts were generated. Click here for FAQs on using the UMDI vs 2017 Census Housing Unit Counts dashboard.

 


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Massachusetts 2020 Census Planner Web App

The Massachusetts Census Planner was developed for Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth as a means to improve accessibility to demographic metrics influencing low-response scores generated by the census. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Planning Database, it allows the Commonwealth’s town clerks, planners, and other administrators to easily view hard-to-count populations across different block groups in their municipalities as well as overall statistics across the entire community. Public facilities such as schools, libraries, and senior centers are also incorporated to aid with planning outreach to address these communities.

 


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Census 2020 Complete Count Committee Web App

The Census 2020 Complete Count Committee Web App is an interactive mapping tool developed to help citizens of the Commonwealth identify Census 2020 outreach contacts in their cities and towns.  Individuals affiliated with organizations ranging from educational institutions, media outlets, and local religious groups are all encouraged to assist Census Complete Count Committees to identify populations in their communities which may be particularly difficult to enumerate. To find out more about Census 2020 Complete Count Committees visit the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.

Local CCC’s, can’t find your committee on this map?  Please send your information or updates to: ma2020census@sec.state.ma.us.
 



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Census 2020 Self-Response Rates for Massachusetts

This interactive dashboard displays Census 2020 Self-Response Rates for Massachusetts through a mapping interface designed at the municipal and tract geographical levels. Using daily self-response data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this dashboard shows the response rates for cities and towns as they progress through the decennial census season. The Census tract layer also allows those interested to view the response rate progression of smaller populations within municipalities. To find out more about the 2020 Census Response Rates, or to view the technical documentation, visit the Census Bureau’s Response Rate webpage.


For questions about the dashboard information not answered in FAQs or to request a copy of the UMDI Address List for your municipality, contact Meghan Flanagan or Matt Schlaikjer.


Additional LUCA Resources

Title page of the presentation.Copy of February 8, 2018 Town Clerks Association Presentation
Download PDF of PowerPoint Presentation

Crowd watching presentation.Instructions and other related materials from February 8, 2018 Town Clerks Association Presentation
Download Getting Started with LUCA 2020 PDF
Download Comparing Address Lists Demonstration PDF
Download Template for Address Extraction

Title page of frequently asked questions.U.S. Census Bureau LUCA 2020 Website
Visit LUCA Website

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