Conducting the 2020 Census: Address Validation and Update to Help Assure an Accurate Census

Authors: April Avnayim*, U.S. Bureau Of the Census
Topics: Applied Geography, Planning Geography, United States
Keywords: 2020 Census, Addresses, Housing, Data Quality, Partnerships
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Studio 7, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Assuring an accurate and complete address list for the United States including Puerto Rico is a critical and challenging step in the U.S. Census Bureau’s planning and implementation of the decennial census. As the Census Bureau prepares for the 2020 Census, it is conducting a wide variety of activities to evaluate and validate the Master Address File (MAF), and update the MAF where needed. This presentation highlights the challenges in keeping the MAF, a national database containing over 140 million addresses, correct and up-to-date, and the activities that are implemented to validate and update the MAF. Activities discussed during this presentation will include using the U.S. Postal Service Delivery Sequence File, working with tribal, state, and local government partners through ongoing programs and through the once per decade Local Update of Census Addresses operation, to validate and update the MAF, and to support the Address Canvassing operation.

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