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GIS and the 2020 Census

Authors: Zoe Ritter*, US Census
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Population Geography
Keywords: Decennial Census, GIS, Population
Session Type: Paper
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The Decennial Census is the US Government’s largest peacetime operation. This operation will result in the hiring of over one million employees and the opening of over 200 offices across the country, with the end goal of counting every single person within the United States. The Census Bureau is leveraging geospatial technology to make Decennial operations more efficient and accurate. Census geographers use GIS to assist internal operations in a variety of ways including: the update and maintenance of the address database, delineation of collection geographies, and production of maps to support field operations. The Census Bureau also supports geographic partnership programs with local governments and makes GIS accessible to all partners through the development of free GIS software. Partnership programs gather local input to update spatial data and inform how to best tabulate enumeration data for data users. GIS technology is being leveraged across the Bureau to “Count everyone, once and only once, in the right place”. In this session we will go over in greater detail how GIS is being used in the 2020 Decennial Census.

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