In preparation for the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is conducting a comprehensive review of decennial census data products and seeks your input.

"Given the need for improved confidentiality protection, we may reduce the amount of detailed data that we release to the public." Input from the marketing research and data analytics industry "will assist the Census Bureau in prioritizing products for the 2020 Census."

2010 Census data produts included summary and detailed data tables, national and state demographic profiles, and topical briefs. The Bureau is asking for input on the following specific products:

  • Summary File 1 includes detailed tables on age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and group quarters. Some tables are repeated for nine race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups.
  • Summary File 2 includes detailed tables on age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, housing units, and group quarters. Most tables are shown down to the census tract level. Tables are repeated by 75 major race groups, 114 American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) groups, 47 Asian groups, 43 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander groups, and 51 Hispanic or Latino origin groups.
  • The American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File is a national-level file showing the same content as Summary File 2. Tables are repeated for the total population, the total AIAN population, and for numerous AIAN tribes. Data are shown down to the tract level.
  • The Demographic Profile shows data for age, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, household relationship, household type, group quarters population, housing occupancy, and housing tenure. The Demographic Profile was released as individual profiles for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico down to the place/functioning minor civil divisions, as well as for the U.S., regions, divisions, and other areas that cross state boundaries.
  • The Summary Population and Housing Characteristics Report Series contains tables on age, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, households, families, housing tenure and occupancy, population density, and area measurements. The lowest level of geography is the place level. There is a report produced for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and a U.S. summary.
  • The Population and Housing Unit Counts Report Series provides tables containing population and housing counts from the 2010 Census and selected historical censuses. Some tables also include area measurements and density. The lowest level of geography is the place level. There is a report produced for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and a U.S. summary. Maps are included at the end of each report, and the User Notes section in each state report documents geographic changes over the past decade.
  • The Census Population and Housing Tables cover a wide variety of topics, such as race, Hispanic or Latino origin, group quarters, and other data topics obtained from the 2010 Census.
  • Census Briefs cover a variety of topics, such as race, Hispanic or Latino origin, and age and include analysis of topics using graphs and tables.

Further, the Census Bureau has asked for responses on 9 specific questions:

  1. How are the data from each individual table and data product used? Include any specific legal, statutory, or programmatic uses. Please cite any supporting federal laws or regulations.
  2. Why are decennial census statistics used for this purpose? Please provide a clear justification.
  3. Without decennial census data, how would this activity be accomplished (e.g., other data sources)?
  4. Who are the users of the specific table or data product?
  5. Who is affected by the use of the data in this specific table or data product?
  6. How much funding is distributed based on these data?
  7. What is the lowest level of geography (e.g., county, census block, etc.) at which data need to be published for each specific table? Please explain why data are needed at this level of geography. The Standard Hierarchy of Census Geographic Entities can be found here: https://www2.census.gov/​geo/​pdfs/​reference/​geodiagram.pdf. The Hierarchy of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hawaiian Areas can be found here: https://www2.census.gov/​geo/​pdfs/​reference/​aianhh_​diag.pdf.
  8. In what additional levels of geography (e.g., county subdivision, school district, etc.) or geographic components (e.g., urban, rural, etc.) do data need to be published for each specific table? If the level of geography specified in the response to item seven relates to the use planned for the levels of geography requested in this response, please explain how they are related. A listing of the available geographic components can be found in the 2010 Census Summary File 1 technical documentation, Chapter 6, pages 177-180: https://www.census.gov/​prod/​cen2010/​doc/​sf1.pdf.
  9. What programmatic, statutory, or legal uses are there for decennial census data that are not being met by the current suite of decennial census products? The Questions Planned for the 2020 Census and American Community Survey can be found here: https://www2.census.gov/​library/​publications/​decennial/​2020/​operations/​planned-questions-2020-acs.pdf.

Submissions are due by November 8.