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2020 Census Errata, Challenges and Group Quarter Reviews

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 which 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.

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

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Corrected 2020 Census Counts for Tracts and Blocks in Tennessee

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After publication, the errata are also integrated into several state and federal data products:

Tennessee 2020 Census Challenges

Ten communities in the state filed a total of 11 challenges of the 2020 Census. Results of each community’s challenge are provided, along with details from the submission package (where available) and the final determination letters.

Table 1:  2020 Census Challenge Results for Communities in Tennessee
Original 2020 Census Counts Revised Counts Net Change
City or Town Official Result Housing Units (HUs) Group Quarters (GQs) Population HUs GQs Population HUs  GQs Population
Cleveland Download 19,941 41 47,356 20,127 41 47,779 186 0 423
Whiteville Download 557 1 2,606 557 2 4,564 0 1 1,958
Memphis Download (HU, Boundary) 286,713 327 633,104 288,582 327 636,920 1,869 0 3,816
Huntsville Download 527 3 1,270 692 3 1,644 165 0 374
Rockford Download 386 1 822 397 1 849 11 0 27
Westmoreland Download 1,070 1 2,718 1,108 1 2,811 38 0 93
Jamestown Download 992 3 1,935 1,045 3 2,025 53 0 90
Kenton Download 582 0 1,205 615 0 1,273 33 0 68
Spring Hill Download 17,939 12 50,005 18,064 12 50,321 125 0 316
Estill Springs Download 1,034 0 2,267 1,233 0 2,709 199 0 442

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Tennessee Post Census Group Quarters Reviews

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 facilities 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 and other downstream data products such as the American Community Survey

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.

Table 2:  Details of requests for Post Census Group Quarter Review for governmental units in Tennessee
Governmental Unit Submission Date Submission Package Status Estimated Undercount
City of Chattanooga 5/23/2023 Download Accepted 1,180
City of Bolivar 6/12/2023 Download Not accepted
City of Kingston 6/12/2023 Download Accepted 143
City of Savannah 6/12/2023 Download Accepted 147
City of Sevierville 6/12/2023 Download Accepted 147
Town of Spencer 6/12/2023 Download Not accepted
City of Dayton 6/21/2023 Download Accepted 352