The case status list is updated every Monday by 5:00pm Eastern Time (whether there are new cases or not). If Monday is a holiday, the list is updated on Tuesday. In compliance with Title 13, we will not be able to disclose specific details about cases once they have been submitted and reviewed.
Eligible tribal, state, and local governmental units were able to start submitting 2020 PCGQR cases for review on June 06, 2022. Cases were accepted until June 30, 2023.
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The 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review (PCGQR) is a new, one-time operation for governmental units in the 50 states; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico to request that the U.S. Census Bureau review the population counts of group quarters they believe were not correctly counted as of April 1, 2020.
It was created in response to public feedback received on the Count Question Resolution operation about counting group quarters’ populations during the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The operation can, though, inform and improve the statistics produced for communities throughout the decade.
It can update population counts used for population estimates and surveys.
It will contribute to current information for communities.
This operation cannot change 2020 Census counts or data products, such as apportionment and redistricting.
Also, it cannot review population counts for housing units, including units where students live in an area surrounding a college or university.
No errata table will be provided and, in compliance with Title 13, we will not be able to disclose specific details about the submitted cases. Therefore, if you receive a response from the Census Bureau stating that your submission was approved, that means that at least some part of your submission was found to be in scope and accepted for a correction, but we are not able to identify which portions of your submission were considered to be in scope and accepted, due to the requirements of Title 13.
The submission period for reviewing 2020 Census group quarters population counts through the CQR operation ended June 30, 2023. The Special Census Program can update population estimates produced by the Census Bureau. However, it cannot review or recount 2020 Census results. Refer to the Special Census Program webpage for more information.
The results from accepted 2020 PCGQR cases will be incorporated on a rolling basis as they are processed. The updated group quarters population and corresponding demographic characteristics will be applied to the 2020 Census input files that are used to develop the April 1, 2020, population estimates base. The updated information is included with the original data, at which point differential privacy is applied, and the resulting data are then used in our population estimates method to generate the annual estimates. Read more about our methodology.
Localities whose cases were accepted in time for Vintage 2023 estimates production may approximate the impact of their 2020 PCGQR cases by comparing the population in the April 1, 2020 estimates base in the Vintage 2023 Population Estimates against the corresponding value for the April 1, 2020 estimates base in the Vintage 2022 Population Estimates. Please note that the April 1, 2020 estimates base may also reflect changes due to the CQR operation, geographic program revisions and the application of disclosure avoidance to protect confidentiality.
In March 2024, some localities can expect to start seeing updates incorporated into the April 1, 2020 estimates base in the Vintage 2023 Population Estimates at the county level. Cities and towns can expect to start seeing some 2020 PCGQR updates in the Vintage 2023 Population Estimates in May 2024. All updates from the 2020 PCGQR are expected to be incorporated by the Vintage 2024 Population Estimates to be released in 2025. The full release schedule for the Population Estimates Program can be found on the Census Bureau’s website.
For more information, check out the news release.
June 06, 2022: Governmental units begin submitting 2020 PCGQR cases for review.
June 30, 2023: Deadline for governmental units to submit all documentation for a 2020 PCGQR case.
September 30, 2023: The Census Bureau will attempt to respond to each inquiry within 90 days of receipt and complete all case research and resolution by no later than September 30, 2023. However, due to the high number of cases submitted at the June 30, 2023 deadline, our review is taking longer than expected. In order to carefully consider all cases, the Census Bureau has extended the review period, and we will attempt to send an official notification with the decision no later than December 29, 2023.
A group quarters is a place where people live or stay, in a group living arrangement, owned or managed by an entity or organization providing housing and/or services for the residents.
These services may include custodial or medical care as well as other types of assistance, and residency is commonly restricted to those receiving these services. People living in group quarters are usually not related to each other. This is not a typical household-type living arrangement.
The Census Bureau could review the 2020 Census population count for group quarters that existed and were available for occupancy on April 1, 2020.
Eligible group quarters types:
Ineligible group quarters types:
Service-based locations were not eligible because they do not record the number of people who showed up at the location on April 1, 2020 for service.
Upon receiving a case, the Census Bureau will determine if it is eligible for review by the 2020 PCGQR. Once a resolution is determined for each case, the Census Bureau will respond with an official determination letter to inform the highest elected official of the governmental unit, whether the case was determined to be eligible for review, out-of-scope, or if no updates are warranted.
These results will be provided to governmental units on a rolling basis through December 29, 2023. As explained in the "Important Dates" section of this webpage, due to the high number of cases submitted at the June 30, 2023 deadline, our review is taking longer than expected.
As the case is being processed, communication may occur between the Census Bureau and the designated point of contact via telephone and email.
Learn more about how 2020 PCGQR results will be used.
If you have questions regarding the 2020 PCGQR, email us at email@example.com.
These materials were originally provided for governmental units preparing a case for review. The last day to submit a request was June 30, 2023.