Census LUCA Program


It's time to start preparing your city to be counted.
The 2020 Census is approaching and cities need to prepare. The census population counts have major implications for city governments, including how an estimated 675 billion dollars is distributed to local governments each year.  Redistricting of legislative districts and enforcement of statutes affecting voting rights also rely on decennial census data. The decennial census has a major effect on cities, and local leaders can play a significant role in its success.

To maintain high-quality data, it is important that all levels of government participate. Cities can assist by participating in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program. Applications to apply were due December 15, 2017, and LUCA review materials began shipping out on a rolling basis to cities in February of this year. All cities should receive their Review Materials by the end of April.

Once registered cities receive their LUCA Review Materials, they have 120 calendar days from the date of receipt to complete their LUCA Review and return their submissions to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Learn More at Census.gov


What is LUCA?
LUCA was established to allow local governments to review and provide updates to the U.S. Census Bureau’s master list of addresses in advance of the 2020 Census. The process facilitates the Bureau's data collection to make sure that once it's time to begin the Census, the Bureau knows where your communities households are. This process helps ensure that everyone in your community is counted and that accurate data is collected for your city. The deadline to apply was December 15, 2017, and cities who have participated should expect to receive their Review Materials by be the end of April. Local leaders should be mindful of action dates provided to them by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Why does this matter to my city?
Census data is used for a host of reasons, including:

  • Redistricting of your community's congressional representation;
  • The allocation of nearly $600 billion in federal funding;
  • Determining your city's eligibility for certain formula grants such as Community Development Block Grants (CDBG);
  • And many other uses for the federal government and other stakeholders.

Your city's participation in the LUCA program helps ensure the Census Bureau has the information it needs to most accurately collect data on your community. 

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Did My City Register

The U.S. Census Bureau has compiled an interactive map showing the governments that have initially agreed to patriciate in the program.

Check Out the Map

Additional Resources

Additional sources and information can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau's cite. Follow the link below for more detailed information on the program, copies of registration forms, and dates of trainings and workshops.

Learn More

More Questions?  Call 1-844-344-0169 or email the Census Bureau at geo.2020.luca@census.gov