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March 2019 updates for the Census 2020 Hard to Count map

We're adding information to the map to help you plan your Get Out the Count campaigns.  Here are the latest updates:

  1. Type of Enumeration Areas (TEAs)
  • The Census Bureau will use several methods in 2020 to count households; the Bureau has organized these methods by "Type of Enumeration Area" or TEA. Most households will receive census materials in the mail. But the Bureau will deliver census materials by hand to about 12 million (!) households (Update/Leave TEA), and will count the remaining households (about 500,000, mainly in remote areas & on some American Indian reservations by request) through an in-person visit (Update/Enumerate TEA).
  • Households receiving a mailing from the Census Bureau are considered part of the Mail Delivery Self-Response TEA. These households and those in the Update/Leave TEA will all be able to self-respond by submitting their census information online, by phone, or by using a paper questionnaire.
  • So where are these TEAs? And which TEA will you be in? The HTC 2020 map can help you answer those questions (and more!). The map now displays the share of households in each tract that will be counted with each method. Here are some sample links:
  • You can use this information to assess TEA designations in the context of each tract’s demographic characteristics and the relative likelihood of higher or lower self-response rates.
  • The HTC 2020 map also includes a map layer you can "turn on or off", highlighting the areas on the map that are part of the Update/Leave or Update/Enumerate (or Remote Alaska) operations (screenshot below). 
HTC2020 screenshot TEA legend
  • The designations also can help census partner organizations develop appropriate messages and informational materials for your constituencies. For example, should people expect to receive census materials via US mail, or should they keep an eye out for a packet of census materials left at their door by a census field worker?
The Census Bureau also has an online map that displays the TEA designations.  The Bureau shared data from its TEA map for our HTC 2020 map.
  1. Area Census Office (ACO) boundaries
  • The Census Bureau has established about 250 "area census offices" nationwide to help implement the 2020 Census. The HTC 2020 map now shows the boundaries for each of these ACOs (here's a link that zooms to Los Angeles and shows the ACOs covering LA & nearby communities).
  • In 2020 there will be many fewer ACOs than in 2010 (when they were called "local census offices" or LCOs). Last year our Center worked with the the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to analyze the reduction in local/area census offices by state and by county.
  • ACOs are not intended to provide public services for the 2020 census; instead they are focused on supporting field operations. But knowing which ACO covers which area of your city or state can help you to organize the geographic reach of your Get Out the Count activities. 

We look forward to hearing your suggestions for improving the map. Please contact the Mapping Service at the CUNY Graduate Center with your feedback.


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