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2020 Census Tennessee Update

2020 Census Releases Scheduled for April, August and October

The first results from the 2020 Census could be just days away as state-level congressional apportionment counts should be released before the end of the month. The date has not yet been announced, but a January statement pointed towards an April 30 completion.

Both the state’s resident count and apportionment counts, which include residents and overseas federal employees, will be released.

Those numbers will be accompanied by some initial state-level survey quality metrics showing how households who didn’t respond were counted through field interview, interviews with neighbors, administrative records or whose missing results were imputed.

Resident population includes people residing in the state of Tennessee but excludes Federal employees (civilian and military) and their families living abroad. Apportionment counts include these individuals. The apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives is the primary use of this data. Each state automatically receives one seat in the 435-memeber body, while the balance are allocated using the equal proportions methods.

Key Dates for Upcoming 2020 Census Product Releases:

  • Apportionment Counts: Late April
  • P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data (Text files via FTP): August 16, 2021
  • P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data (via by September 30

Redistricting Data Update

By late August, population and housing unit counts for counties, cities and statistical areas will come out in the first of two Public Law 94-171 Redistricting Data releases.

The initial release will be pipe-delimited text files that are typically processed for use by advanced data users. A March statement from the Census Bureau noted that the data format will match prototype Census data released in 2018. We’ll have more information about this data in the coming months.

Access to 2020 Census redistricting tables on will come by September 30, 2021. Note that redistricting data include counts of population, voting age population, race, ethnicity and housing units down to the census block-level.