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2010 Census Special Tabulation Program

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I find out what is already tabulated in standard products?
Can I request an extract of data that are already tabulated in standard products?
What disclosure rules apply to 2010 Census special tabulations?
Will all special tabulations be posted on the Internet?
How much will my special tabulation cost?
We have paid a substantial amount of money to produce our special tabulation. What is the policy regarding distribution to others?
How long will it take to receive our special tabulation?
How do I find out what has already been tabulated in special tabulations?
Can I get special tabulations for earlier censuses?
Who do we contact concerning 2010 Census special tabulations?

How do I find out what is already tabulated in standard products?

A list of the 2010 Census data products is available at http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2010/glance/. The 2010 Census data also are located at http://factfinder2.census.gov/. For assistance using American FactFinder, call our Customer Services Center at 1-800-923-8282.

Can I request an extract of data that are already tabulated in standard products?

In addition to special tabulations, produced from internal confidential Census Bureau microdata files, custom extracts of data from publicly available data products, such as the 2010 Census Summary File 1, also are available through American FactFinder.   

We encourage data users to create their own extracts using this tool. If you need assistance using American FactFinder to extract data, please call our Customer Services Center at 1-800-923-8282. However, the Census Bureau can create 2010 Census custom extracts from these publicly available files on a cost-reimbursable basis as time and resources permit. Requests for custom extracts may be submitted to the e-mail address pop.decennial.census.special.tabulations@census.gov.

What disclosure rules apply to 2010 Census special tabulations?

Special tabulations must be approved by the Census Bureau’s Disclosure Review Board (DRB) . At a minimum, all data cells in special tabulations (excluding derived measures) produced from the 2010 Census will be rounded. Additional disclosure avoidance requirements, such as thresholds on universes for small population groups, may apply to your 2010 Census special tabulation. The project manager for your special tabulation will work with you to construct a request that meets the DRB requirements.

Will all special tabulations be posted on the Internet?

If a sponsor would like us to post their tabulation on the Internet, the Census Bureau project manager should be made aware of this so that it can be factored into their cost estimate. Alternately, the sponsor could post the special tabulation on their own web site. The Census Bureau will not automatically post special tabulations on the Internet, and, in fact, may decline to post them on our Internet site.

How much will my special tabulation cost?

The actual cost will depend on the complexity and scope of your request. Each program area reviews custom tabulation requests on an individual basis to determine what expertise, resources, and technology are needed to complete each tabulation, Since each custom tabulation is reviewed individually, pricing will vary.  Most special tabulations will cost a minimum of $3000.

We have paid a substantial amount of money to produce our special tabulation. What is the policy regarding distribution to others?

By law, there are no proprietary rights associated with special tabulations. The Census Bureau maintains a publicly available list of all custom tabulations that includes the names of the requesters and a brief description of the products. Once produced, custom tabulations will be available upon request for the cost of reproduction.

How long will it take to receive our special tabulation?

Special tabulations must be scheduled so that they do not interfere with the requirements of the Census Bureau work authorized by direct appropriations or with our existing workload. The timing of delivery depends on the level of complexity of the special tabulation and may take from several weeks to months. If possible, we will strive to meet your timing requirements. We will continue to provide special tabulations from the 2010 Census throughout the decade, and beyond, as the needs arise.

How do I find out what has already been tabulated in special tabulations?

The special tabulations coordinator can answer questions regarding 2010 Census special tabulations already released or in preparation.

Can I get special tabulations for earlier censuses?

In addition to the 2010 Census, special tabulations can be produced from selected prior censuses. 

Who do we contact concerning 2010 Census special tabulations?

The coordinators for 2010 Census special tabulations are Leanna Mellott and Colleen Keating.  You may email them at pop.decennial.census.special.tabulations@census.gov

 

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