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2020 Census Quality and Data Processing Press Kit

The Census Bureau is processing responses and assessing quality as we work toward releasing the 2020 Census results. 

Data Quality Metrics

Coverage Measurement Estimates

PES Results for Puerto Rico and Housing Units

August 16, 2022

The U.S. Census Bureau released the final set of results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) on Aug. 16. These results provide insight into the quality of the 2020 Census counts for the Puerto Rico population and housing units. It also includes coverage estimates for housing units across the nation, regions, states and the District of Columbia, and by selected characteristics for the nation.  

Understanding the Count: A Discussion on the Latest 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey Results Webinar

Thursday, May 19 
10 a.m. EDT 

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) for the 50 states and District of Columbia on May 19.  

A webinar on “Understanding the Count: A Discussion on the Latest 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey Results” will be held to highlight the results.  

News Conference and Technical Presentation on 2020 Census Quality

Thursday, March 10
10 a.m. EST

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the first set of results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) along with additional results from the 2020 Demographic Analysis (DA) estimates on March 10.

Archived video: 2020 Census Data Quality Releases News Conference (3/10/22)

Related Information


Data

News


Press Release
Census Bureau to Hold Third Status Briefing for the National Urban League Plaintiffs
The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a briefing for the National Urban League plaintiffs in the case of NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE, et. al., v. GINA RAIMONDO et. al.


Press Release
2020 Census Post-Enumeration Survey Results Available for 50 States and DC in May
Undercount and overcount rates by state and the District of Columbia from the 2020 Census Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) will be released in May 2022.


Press Release
Census Bureau Releases Estimates of Undercount and Overcount in the 2020 Census
The U.S. Census Bureau released results today from two analyses about the quality of the 2020 Census counts.


Press Release
La Oficina del Censo publica estimaciones del conteo del 2020
La Encuesta de la Fase Posterior a la Enumeración y el Análisis Demográfico ayudan a evaluar los resultados del Censo del 2020.


Press Release
Census Bureau Releases Quality Indicators on 2020 Census
This is the first time that the Census Bureau has released detailed analyses and operational quality metrics on the same day as the first population counts.


Press Release
Quality Metrics With First 2020 Census Results
A number of data quality indicators will be released following the announcement of the first results from the 2020 Census.


Press Release
Webinar to Provide Insights on Upcoming Quality Metrics Release
The U.S. Census Bureau plans for the first time to release a number of data quality indicators along with the first results from the 2020 Census.

Webinars

Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 1 p.m. EST

The Census Bureau will conduct a webinar prior to the release of the first set of results from the 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) along with additional results from the 2020 Demographic Analysis (DA) estimates on March 10. The webinar will explain the purpose, methodologies and types of results that will be made available from the PES and DA.

Archived video: 2020 Census Data Quality Webinar

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1 p.m. EDT

The Census Bureau held a technical webinar to give more insight on these initial 2020 Census data quality metrics.

The webinar did not include any 2020 Census data. It gave a preview of the type and meaning behind the data quality metrics that will be available in the coming months.

A live media Q&A session will immediately follow the webinar.

Blogs


Random Samplings Blog
Upcoming 2020 Census Coverage Estimates
The U.S. Census Bureau released coverage estimates for the 2020 Census.


Random Samplings Blog
The Post-Enumeration Survey: Measuring Coverage Error
Although we undertake extensive efforts to accurately count everyone in the decennial census, sometimes people are missed or duplicated.


Random Samplings Blog
Using Demographic Benchmarks to Help Evaluate 2020 Census Results
One of the primary methods of evaluating the quality of a census is comparing the results to other population benchmarks.


Random Samplings Blog
Programa de Evaluaciones y Experimentos del Censo del 2020
Este blog describe la serie de evaluaciones formales que miden diferentes aspectos de las operaciones del censo y los desafíos.


Random Samplings Blog
2020 Census Program for Evaluations, Experiments, and Assessments
This blog describes the series of formal evaluations and assessments that measure different aspects of census operations and specific challenges.


Random Samplings Blog
Improvements to the 2020 Census Race and Hispanic Origin Question Designs, Data Processing, and Coding Procedures
This blog discusses how we improved the census questions on race and Hispanic origin, also known as ethnicity, between 2010 and 2020.


Random Samplings Blog
Improvements to the 2020 Census Race and Hispanic Origin Question Designs, Data Processing, and Coding Procedures
This blog discusses how we improved the census questions on race and Hispanic origin, also known as ethnicity, between 2010 and 2020.


Random Samplings Blog
How We Complete the Census When Demographic and Housing Characteristics Are Missing
Although we strive to obtain all demographic and housing data from every individual in the census, missing data are part of every census process.


Random Samplings Blog
Censo del 2020: Métricas de calidad, Publicación 2
Este blog proporciona datos destacados del segundo grupo de métricas operacionales de calidad del Censo del 2020.


Random Samplings Blog
2020 Census Operational Quality Metrics: Release 2
Today we released the second round of 2020 Census operational quality metrics.


Random Samplings Blog
Examining Operational Quality Metrics
The Census Bureau is taking a multifaceted approach to studying the quality of the 2020 Census, so as to produce a more complete and informative picture.


Random Samplings Blog
Comparisons to Benchmarks as a Measure of Quality
Data quality is multidimensional and so approaching it from multiple angles produces a more insightful and holistic picture of a dataset.


Random Samplings Blog
2020 Census Data Review
For the 2020 Census, we are conducting one of the most comprehensive reviews in recent census history.


Random Samplings Blog
Revisión de los datos del Censo del 2020
En este blog hablamos sobre cómo estamos realizando una de las revisiones de datos más completas en la historia reciente del censo, para el Censo del 2020.


Random Samplings Blog
Completing the Census When Households or Group Quarters Don't Respond
As we continue to process 2020 Census responses, people have asked what happens when we don’t get a response from an address.


Random Samplings Blog
Cómo completamos el censo cuando los hogares no responden
Mientras continuamos procesando las respuestas al Censo del 2020, las personas han preguntado qué sucede cuando no obtenemos una respuesta de una dirección.


Random Samplings Blog
Administrative Records and the 2020 Census
Each decade we are asked, “Why don’t you just use the information the government already has about me for the census? Why ask me again?”


Random Samplings Blog
Los registros administrativos y el Censo del 2020
Este blog describe cómo el Censo del 2020 usó los registros administrativos para contar a las personas que no respondieron.


Random Samplings Blog
Introduction to Quality Indicators: Operational Metrics
In the coming weeks, the U.S. Census Bureau will release the first set of results from the 2020 Census. Our goal for every census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.


Random Samplings Blog
2020 Census Group Quarters
As we continue processing 2020 Census results, we’d like to provide more information on how we count people living in group quarters (GQs).


Random Samplings Blog
Finding 'Anomalies' Illustrates 2020 Census Quality Checks Are Working
We’re in the midst of data processing for the 2020 Census. As Acting Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin acknowledged in a recent blog, we’ve discovered some “anomalies” along the way that we’re looking into and resolving.


Random Samplings Blog
Encontrar ‘anomalías’ demuestra que los controles de calidad funcionan
El 9 de marzo de 2021, la Oficina del Censo de los EE. UU. publicó un blog (en inglés) sobre las “anomalías” que encontramos al procesar los datos del Censo del 2020.


Random Samplings Blog
Adapting Field Operations to Meet Unprecedented Challenges
As we process census responses and analyze the quality of the 2020 Census, it’s helpful to look back at some of the unprecedented challenges we faced during this census.


Random Samplings Blog
Adaptación de las operaciones de campo para enfrentar desafíos
La oficina del Censo de los EE. UU. compartió información en una publicación de blog el 1 de marzo de 2021, acerca de cómo la realización de un censo es una tarea enorme, incluso en circunstancias ideales.


Random Samplings Blog
Ensuring a Robust and Accurate Data Quality Analysis in the 2020 Census
Asking outside experts to review our work is standard operating procedure at the U.S. Census Bureau. It underscores our commitment to quality and transparency.


Random Samplings Blog
Timeline for Releasing Redistricting Data
We expect to deliver the redistricting data to the states and the public by Sept. 30, 2021.


Random Samplings Blog
Census Data Processing 101
Michael Thieme describes how census data processing works to ensure the census is accurate.


Director's Blog
2020 Census Processing Updates
I’m writing to provide an update on data processing for the 2020 Census.


Random Samplings Blog
Update on 2020 Census Data Processing and Quality
The Census Bureau has begun processing the data collected for the 2020 Census. Data collection for the decennial census is always a herculean task and 2020 was no exception.

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JASON is an independent group of scientists and engineers formed to work on problems of importance to the federal government in technical areas related to national security and public benefit.  Founded in 1959, it has a long history of performing studies for elements of the federal government including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and the Intelligence Community.  Over its history, JASON members have included four Nobel laureates, dozens of members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and holders of many distinguished academic positions.  JASON expertise is constantly refreshed through the addition of new members and spans the fields of science and engineering, including astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, oceanography & planetary science, physics, and various engineering disciplines.

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