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2020 Decennial Census: Early Non-Response follow-up in the New York Region

Authors: Margaret Baker*, U.S. Bureau of the Census
Topics: Population Geography, Applied Geography
Keywords: Population, Census, Students, Operations Planning, GIS
Session Type: Paper
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In March-April of 2020, 90% of households in the United States will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Decennial Census. Census enumerators will visit non-responding households in May 2020. This poses a challenge for students attending college and living off-campus, who may move elsewhere following the end of the spring semester. The Census Bureau intends to enumerate college students attending traditional universities and living in off-campus housing at the place they live on April 1 before they potentially move at the end of the Spring semester in 2020. For the first time, the Census Bureau has formalized operations to identify and target areas for early non-response follow-up intervention.

Geographers in the New York Regional Census Center were tasked to develop methods to identify these areas for their region, which covers New England, New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico. Geographers worked to 1) Develop a universe of schools that are likely to have students living nearby in off-campus housing, and 2) Identify the geographic areas around those schools that fit selected housing and demographic criteria indicating the presence of college students. These criteria were adapted to create best-fit models using available data for the differing communities that fall within the New York Census region.

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