Tribal, state, and local governments can submit updates to census designated places (CDPs). CDPs are a statistical geography representing closely settled, unincorporated communities that are locally recognized and identified by name.
The purpose of CDPs is to provide meaningful statistics for well-known, unincorporated communities. The U.S. Census Bureau uses CDPs in the tabulation and presentation of data from the decennial census, the Economic Census, the American Community Survey, and the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program.
Local governments who wish to create or edit a CDP outside of the BAS cycle should email the request to firstname.lastname@example.org, including a map and a justification for creating or editing the CDP.
Incorporated places are legally incorporated under state law, have a legally defined boundary, and an active functioning governmental structure. Examples of incorporated places include cities, towns, villages, etc.
CDPs are statistical equivalents of incorporated places and represent unincorporated communities that do not have a legally defined boundary or an active, functioning governmental structure. Examples of CDPs include unincorporated communities, planned communities, military installments, university towns, resort towns, etc.
A single location cannot be part of both an incorporated place and a CDP.
Census Bureau criteria and guidelines specify that CDPs:
Boundaries of an existing CDP can be adjusted, or a CDP can be deleted if it is no longer relevant. Refer to either the BAS Partnership Toolbox or Geographic Update Partnership Toolbox (GUPS) How-to guide for step-by-step information on delineating new CDPs, editing existing CDP boundaries, and marking existing CDPs for deletion.