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Special Census data products are based on responses to the decennial census short form questionnaire. The publication, Why We Ask Special Census Questions [PDF 224k], describes each question and can be provided to community residents that want more information on how their answers may be used. Individual responses are voluntary and confidential as stated in the Special Census Privacy Act Notice [PDF 50k] provided to every respondent in a group quarters and the Information Sheet [PDF 41k] provided to each respondent of a household, by the Special Census Enumerator.
A governmental unit receives several data products once data collection, data capture, and tabulation is complete - usually within 6 to 7 months after a Memorandum of Agreement and payment has been received. Customer needs and Census Bureau scheduling requirements will affect when data products are delivered to the customer.
The primary data product provided to each participating governmental unit is a letter from the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau that verifies their Special Census population and housing count as Official Census Statistics. Full Special Censuses include the entire jurisdiction based on recent boundaries provided by the governmental unit. Partial Special Censuses only include specific blocks requested by the governmental unit, usually representing areas that have experienced high growth since the last census. View Official Census Statistics issued to governmental units since 2002. Frequent updates are made to this site as additional official statistics are released.
Additional data products are provided to the governmental unit, including demographic profiles for the total area counted. For full Special Censuses this is for the entire jurisdiction, as well as tracts and partial tracts included in the census. The governmental unit also receives a data table that illustrates population and housing counts for each individual block counted during the Special Census. These data products are provided to the governmental unit in Microsoft Excel or ASCII format and are described in detail in the publication entitled Special Census Data Products [PDF 143k]. Upon request, printed data products can be provided to the governmental unit.