Results of challenges and group quarter reviews by governmental units in Tennessee are posted to this page.
Following the release of decennial census counts, governmental units have a limited period in which they may challenge the published results through the Count Question Resolution Operation (CQR). Two types of challenges are most common:
- Municipality’s corporate boundaries from January 1, 2020, are not properly reflected in the 2020 Census PL 94-171 Redistricting file published in August 2021
- Housing units:
- Geocoding errors resulting in living quarter being reported in the wrong location – such as being outside a city boundary when they should have been within its limits
No additional population data is collected as part of a census challenge. Communities presenting evidence of “missing” housing units in their challenges are requesting that the U.S. Census Bureau verify that all living quarters that were enumerated have been reported. These occurrences are infrequent, and there is generally no remedy for housing units that were missed by 2020 Census count operations.
For 2020, the Census Bureau’s long-standing challenge program was expanded to include a one-time review of group quarter facilities. It includes those whose usual population counts may have been impacted by facility closures or access limitations instituted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include dorms, nursing homes and prisons. Successful Post Census Group Quarter Reviews are not published as errata but are incorporated into population estimates.
2020 Census Errata for Tennessee Communities
Approved challenges are published as official corrections to the 2020 Census. Governmental units may use the revised counts for programs requiring the use of official 2020 Census data.
Corrected 2020 Census Counts for Cities and Counties in Tennessee
Corrected 2020 Census Counts for Tracts and Blocks in Tennessee
After publication, the errata are also integrated into several state and federal data products:
- Incorporated into annual revisions of the Census Bureau Population and Housing Unit Estimates
- Used in other federal datasets dependent upon the population estimates for control, such as the American Community Survey and Local Area Unemployment Statistics
- Accepted by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development into the annual report of Certified Population of Tennessee Incorporated Municipalities and Counties
Tennessee Census Challenge Details
The Census Bureau reports the status of challenges that have been submitted to the CQR program, but details included in the submission packages and final determination letters are not provided publicly. For Tennessee communities where those are available, we provide these materials here.
|Municipality||Case Type||Submission Date||Submission Package||Status|
|City of Cleveland||Boundary||3/7/2022||Download||Pending|
|Town of Whiteville||Housing Unit||3/31/2022||Not available||Complete|
|City of Memphis||Housing Unit||8/24/2022||Not available||Complete|
|City of Memphis||Boundary||8/24/2022||Not available||Pending|
|Town of Huntsville||Boundary||4/26/2023||Download||Pending|
|City of Rockford||Boundary||5/16/2023||Download||Pending|
|City of Westmoreland||Boundary||5/16/2023||Download||Pending|
|City of Jamestown||Boundary||5/24/2023||Download||Pending|
Tennessee Post Census Group Quarters Reviews
Tennessee communities requesting a group quarters review by the Census Bureau receive a determination letter with information detailing the acceptance or rejection of their materials. While they are not published as official errata, the corrected counts are provided to the population estimates program for incorporation into it and other downstream data products.
Additionally, the revised counts will be accepted by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for inclusion in the annual report of Certified Population of Tennessee Incorporated Municipalities and Counties.
|Governmental Unit||Submission Date||Submission Package||Status|
|City of Chattanooga||5/23/2023||Download||Pending|