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Category Archives: Decennial Census


The first look at Tennessee’s 2020 Census results is just days away with the state-level apportionment counts planned for release by April 30th and more detailed information coming in August, 2021.


An extended counting phase and processing issues have pushed the release date for the 2020 Census Data Products back several times. More definitive information is now available about apportionment and redistricting data release plans.


The timeline for the initial 2020 Census data products is beginning to fall into place. Release dates for the TIGER geographic products have been set, but a final determination of the timelines for 2020 apportionment counts and redistricting data is outstanding.


The conclusion of 2020 Census self-response and field operations is September 30th, but with just days to go, efforts to complete the count of Tennessee’s residents continue.


The September 30 deadline for collecting responses is now just 36 days away, and door-to-door field work by Census takers is underway across the state. While this signals that the end of the 2020 Census enumeration process is near, there is still work to do.


Door-to-door follow-up is now underway for homes that have not responded to the 2020 Census in Tennessee, and a new September 30 deadline has increased the urgency of getting all Tennesseans counted.


Public Use Microdata Areas, or PUMAs, are statistical with no fewer than 100,000 people for which anonymized, individual Census responses are released. In late 2021, the State Data Center will lead an update to Tennessee’s PUMA boundaries.


Off-campus student data is important to state and local funding, political representation, and planning. That’s why the U.S. Census Bureau is now requesting college and universities provide that information.


2020 Census self-response entered its fourth month. With about 60% of the state’s households having now responded, work turns to gathering additional Census responses before door-to-door followup begin August 11th.


2020 Census results are confidential—but what if today’s computing power could be harnessed to reconstruct responses and re-identify individuals who responded? New procedures to protect privacy are important, but they can also affect the accuracy of the published results.