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Fact Sheet

Basic Facts

  • Scope: The CQR Program is a planned administrative review program that will handle external challenges to particular official Census 2000 counts of housing units and group quarters population received from state, local or tribal officials of governmental entities or their designated representatives in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The CQR program is not intended to create a mechanism or process to challenge the March 6, 2001, decision of the Secretary of Commerce to release unadjusted Census 2000 redistricting data. No changes will be made to the apportionment or redistricting counts as a result of this program.

  • Duration: 6/30/01 - 9/30/03

  • Corrections Issued:

    • Boundaries - revise inaccurate boundaries to reflect those in effect January 1, 2000

    • Geocoding - place erroneously-located living quarters and associated population within correct boundaries/census blocks

    • Coverage - add or remove specific living quarters and persons residing therein that were identified during the Census 2000 process but erroneously included or excluded due to processing errors. Addresses for living quarters that were not found to be erroneously excluded due to processing errors will be added to the Census address list for use in future statistical programs of the Census Bureau.

Supporting Evidence Required

  • Specify whether the challenge disputes the location of a governmental unit boundary or the number of housing units and/or group quarters population and

    • For boundary disputes, submit Census 2000 maps or other maps showing Census 2000 tabulation block numbers and boundaries legally in effect as of January 1, 2000. Indicate on the map the location of the correct boundary and the portion of the boundary that the Census Bureau depicted incorrectly. These maps must identify the state, county, census tract, and block(s) involved in the question and include a list of affected addresses indicating their location in relation to the boundary requiring correction.

    • For geocoding errors, identify the specific Census 2000 state, county, census tract and tabulation block(s) being contested and include a list of the addresses for all housing units and/or group quarters in the contested block(s) on April 1, 2000. Summary File 1 can be used to check the tabulation block housing unit counts and to infer whether housing units and/or group quarters were enumerated at the correct location.

    • For housing unit challenges, identify the specific Census 2000 state, county, census tract, and tabulation block(s) being contested and include a list of residential addresses that existed as viable living quarters in each contested block(s) on April 1, 2000. Summary File 1 (SF1) can be used to obtain tabulation block housing unit counts.

    • For group quarters challenges, provide a complete address list for all group quarters units that should be included in each contested block(s) (include state, county, and census tract); the name(s) of the group quarters; and the name, address, and telephone number for the administrative office of each group quarters facility as of April 1, 2000. Group quarters are institutional (e.g., mental hospitals, hospices, prisons, etc.) and noninstitutional (e.g., college dormitories, military barracks, group homes, shelters, etc.). Summary File 1 (SF1) can be used to obtain tabulation block group quarters population counts.

Additional Information

  • State, local governmental/tribal officials should contact:

    U.S. Census Bureau, Room 2002-2
    Decennial Management Division
    Count Question Resolution
    4700 Silver Hill Road, Stop 7100
    Washington, DC 20233-7100