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What is the 2020 Census New Construction Program (New Construction Program)?

The New Construction Program provides tribal, state, and local governments an opportunity to update the U.S. Census Bureau’s residential address list with living quarters for which construction is in progress during or after March 1, 2018 and completion is expected by Census Day, April 1, 2020. 

The New Construction Program helps ensure that the Census Bureau’s address list is as complete and accurate as possible by Census Day, April 1, 2020, to produce a complete and accurate population count.

Why Participate in the New Construction Program?

Participation in the New Construction Program helps to ensure an accurate population count in your community; helps the federal government distribute more than $675 billion in funds annually for infrastructure, programs, and services; and helps your community plan for future needs.

Who Can Participate in the New Construction Program?

The New Construction Program is offered to federally recognized tribes with a reservation and/or off-reservation trust lands, states, counties, incorporated places (cities, towns, villages), and minor civil divisions (townships) that contain blocks where the Census Bureau plans to mail questionnaires to housing units for the 2020 Census.

Enumerators will deliver 2020 Census questionnaires to all housing units in each block and record addresses for any new housing units for governments that are not eligible to participate in the New Construction Program.

View the 2020 New Construction Program Registration Viewer to see what entities have registered to participate.

What's New?

  • State governments can now participate in the New Construction Program.
  • Group quarters and transitory locations are now collected during the New Construction Program.

How to Participate

Invited governments designated a New Construction Program liaison in June 2019. The Census Bureau provided materials to the New Construction Program liaison in September 2019.

The New Construction Program liaison uses the pre-formatted materials provided by the Census Bureau to submit a list of city-style addresses. Maps or spatial data are provided as a reference for assigning census tract or block codes for each submitted address. Please ensure that all addresses contain the required geocode information to successfully update our Master Address File, resulting in an accurate population count for your community.

The Census Bureau cannot accept street or boundary updates submitted to the New Construction Program.

 

How to Prepare for Participation

Participants can begin preparation by identifying local address sources, such as building permits, E-911 address files, local utility records, assessment files, or taxation files.

Ensure that your local address list contains multiunit structure identifiers (such as apartment numbers for individual units) and that you can distinguish between residential addresses and nonresidential addresses within the list.

Response Options

Participants must respond to the New Construction Program digitally. The Census Bureau offers three digital methods for preparing a New Construction Program response.

  1. Basic digital option: The Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS) is a free, customized Geographic Information System (GIS) tool developed for participants who do not have geographic training or are not experienced GIS users, but is available for any participant to use. GUPS is available for download from the Census Bureau’s website or sent on a disc for installation, depending on which option was selected during registration.

  2. Advanced digital option: Experienced GIS users can utilize their own GIS software. The Census Bureau provides free GIS shapefiles on its website, along with digital update guidelines. Governments can use the provided shapefiles for reference when updating their city-style address list.

    The Census Bureau offers Block Maps, if requested during registration, displaying the Census Blocks for which participants may submit new addresses.

Additional information regarding participation is available in the respondent guides located within the 2020 Census New Construction Program Participant Materials section.

2020 Census New Construction Program Participant Materials

The following documents are for reference. The Census Bureau is no longer accepting submissions for the 2020 Census New Construction Program.

New Construction Program Quick Start Guides

The Quick Start Guides are a helpful resource to get started for participants using materials provided digitally on CD/DVD.

New Construction Program Respondent Guides

The Respondent Guides provide detailed instructions to participants for using the New Construction Program materials to submit their newly constructed addresses to the Census Bureau.

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