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The Oklahoma Department of Commerce operates the State Data Center for the state of Oklahoma. A partner of the U.S. Census Bureau, the State Data Center ensures Oklahoma’s citizens, communities, and businesses have access to critical Census data.

2020 Census

The U.S. Constitution mandates a full count of the population in Article 1, Section 2. The Census Bureau has counted every resident in the U.S. every ten years since 1790.

The 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to proportionally distribute billions in federal funds to local communities. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce and our partners are working with local and tribal governments to prepare for Oklahoma’s participation in 2020’s decennial census count. Visit okletscount.org for more about the 2020 Census.

So I received a survey from the Census Bureau. What next?

In addition to conducting the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau conducts various surveys that study households, businesses, schools, hospitals, and more. If you receive one of these surveys and want to verify that it is legitimate visit the census.gov page for verifying a survey, the census.gov page for identifying a census employee or the census.gov page with sample surveys. There are six regional offices across the U.S., and Oklahoma is a part of the region covered by the Denver office. You can find contact info for the Denver Regional Office on the census.gov site that will help you verify that individuals are actually employees of the Census Bureau. Remember the census will never ask you for bank accounts, social security numbers or any such financial information.

Count Question Resolution Program

The 2020 Census Count Question Resolution Operation (CQR) provides an opportunity for tribal, state, and local governmental units to request that the Census Bureau review their boundaries and/or housing counts to identify any potential errors that may have occurred while processing their 2020 Census counts.

  • Helps to ensure that housing and population counts are allocated to the correct 2020 tabulation blocks in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
  • The apportionment counts, redistricting data, or any other 2020 Census data products will not be impacted by any corrections made.
  • Corrections would be used in the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates and other future programs that use 2020 Census data.
  • There are two types of CQR Cases:
    • Boundary Cases
    • Count Cases
  • The following active, functioning governmental unit types are eligible to participate in CQR:
    • Tribal areas, including federally recognized tribes with a reservation and/or off-reservation trust lands, Alaska Native Regional Corporations, and Alaska Native villages.
    • States or equivalent entities (e.g. District of Columbia, Puerto Rico).
    • Counties or equivalent entities (e.g. boroughs, parishes, municipios).
    • Minor Civil Divisions (e.g., townships).
    • Consolidated Cities.
    • Incorporated Places (e.g., villages, towns, cities).
    • Full list of eligible participants can be found here.
  • Refer to the Census Timeline for submission schedules.
  • Please refer to the Participant Materials for full details on how to prepare and submit a CQR case.

Full Census Site Details:

https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/decade/2020/planning-management/evaluate/cqr.html

If you would like for a Commerce associate to contact you to discuss your community’s options with filing for the Count Question Resolution Program, please fill out the below information.

Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA)

Oklahoma’s participation in the upcoming 2020 count will provide our communities with information vital for funding and planning by the state, tribes and local governments. The Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) is the only opportunity for Oklahoma’s local government officials to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s residential address list prior to the 2020 Census.

Census Timeline

  • July 2017 – April 2018
    Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program for local governments
  • 2018
    Complete Count Committees begin local Census organizing work
  • April 2018
    Census questions delivered to Congress
  • July 2019
    Communications and advertising campaign begins
  • August 2019
    In-field address canvassing and group quarters operation begins
  • March 2020
    Door-to-door enumeration and enumeration at transitory locations begins
  • April 1, 2020
    2020 Census Day
  • April 2020
    Non-response follow-up begins for households that did not submit a Census form
  • December 2021
    The Census Bureau plans to officially notify tribal, state and local government officials eligible to file CQR cases.
  • January 3, 2022
    The Census Bureau begins accepting CQR cases for processing from eligible tribal, state and local governments.
  • June 30, 2023
    Deadline for governments to send CQR cases to the Census Bureau.
  • September 30, 2023
    Deadline for the Census Bureau to provide results to impacted governmental units. 

Note: These dates are subject to change.

The agency provides population projection data and houses historical census data. For the most current data and additional datasets, visit the United States Census Bureau and the American Community Survey.

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