The effective date of the Population Estimates Challenge Program was February 4th, 2013. As part of its authorization, the U.S. Census Bureau offers an opportunity for general-purpose governmental units to challenge their official estimates through the Population Estimates Challenge Program. Under this program, a governmental unit may challenge their population estimate by submitting additional data to the U.S. Census Bureau for evaluation.
A challenge may result in a revised estimate if either of the following errors are found:
In cases where the Census Bureau processed the information correctly but was provided incorrect input data, we will make reasonable efforts to provide corrected estimates.
A request for a challenge to the population estimates must be received within 90 days after the release of the estimate by the Census Bureau. This request includes a letter and supporting evidence. The challenge period for the July 1, 2012 county-level estimates begins on March 15 and ends June 12, 2013. The challenge period for the July 1, 2012 subcounty-level estimates begins on May 24 and ends August 21, 2013.
If you have any concerns about the population estimates, the governmental unit can request information from the Census Bureau about how to challenge the population estimates. The procedures to follow to challenge the population estimates are described in the Challenge Review Guide.
For more information, please click on the Challenge Review Guide and Appendices.
If you believe that the recording of legal boundaries for your government is incorrect, the following option is open: The Census Bureau updates the geographic boundaries of governmental units through the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) with boundaries current to January 1. If you wish to participate in the BAS or if you have a question regarding your legal boundaries, please contact the BAS Unit of the Census Bureau's Geography Division on 301-763-1099 or e-mail them at GEO.BAS@census.gov.
Population estimates for cities and towns are produced using building permit data gathered from a survey conducted by the Census Bureau's Residential Construction Branch in the Manufacturing and Construction Division (MCD). If your government is not being contacted by this survey or you disagree with the collected data, please contact the Residential Construction Branch on 301-763-5160. In the event that you decide to submit updated building permit data through the challenge process, the data may be subject to review by the staff in MCD.
For assistance, please contact the Population Estimates Program on 301-763-2385 or send an email to email@example.com. Please include your name, mailing address, telephone number and organization name.