The New Construction Program provides tribal, state, and local governments an opportunity to update the U.S. Census Bureau’s residential address list with living quarters for which construction is in progress during or after March 1, 2018 and completion is expected by Census Day, April 1, 2020.
The New Construction Program helps ensure that the Census Bureau’s address list is as complete and accurate as possible by Census Day, April 1, 2020, to produce a complete and accurate population count.
Participation in the New Construction Program helps to ensure an accurate population count in your community; helps the federal government distribute more than $675 billion in funds annually for infrastructure, programs, and services; and helps your community plan for future needs.
The New Construction Program is offered to federally recognized tribes with a reservation and/or off-reservation trust lands, states, counties, incorporated places (cities, towns, villages), and minor civil divisions (townships) that contain blocks where the Census Bureau plans to mail questionnaires to housing units for the 2020 Census.
Enumerators will deliver 2020 Census questionnaires to all housing units in each block and record addresses for any new housing units for governments that are not eligible to participate in the New Construction Program.
Please download the New Construction Universe in order to determine if a government is eligible to participate in the program.
Invited governments will designate a New Construction Program liaison. The Census Bureau will provide materials to the New Construction Program liaison in September 2019.
The New Construction Program liaison uses the pre-formatted materials provided by the Census Bureau to submit a list of city-style addresses. Maps or spatial data are provided as a reference for assigning census tract or block codes for each submitted address. Please ensure that all addresses contain the required geocode information to successfully update our Master Address File, resulting in an accurate population count for your community.
The Census Bureau cannot accept street or boundary updates submitted to the New Construction Program.
Additional information regarding program participation and response guidelines will be available in Summer 2019.
To learn more about the program or to see if you can participate in the program, check out the Census website here.