Important 2021 Milestones

In 2021, several critical milestones marked the post-data collection phase of the 2020 Census:

  1. Release of Congressional Apportionment Counts (April 26): These counts presented resident population totals for the entire nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
  2. Redistricting Data Releases (August 12 & September 16): On August 12, the 2020 Census redistricting “legacy format” data files were released. Subsequently, on September 16, user-friendly redistricting files were transmitted to the states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
    • These redistricting data files provided detailed block level data, encompassing information on race, Hispanic origin, voting age (those aged 18 and above), housing unit counts and occupancy status, and Group Quarters data. The latter consists of details about different types of facilities such as prisons, college dormitories, military barracks, and more.
  3. Demographic Profiles Release: Throughout 2021, there was an ongoing release of demographic profiles for different governmental units, which was done on a flow basis by state.
  4. 2020 Census Assessments and Evaluations: Starting in 2021 and tentatively planned to continue through 2023, a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the 2020 Census process commenced.
  5. American Community Survey: This ongoing survey gathered detailed demographic, social, economic, and housing information, providing communities with crucial data throughout the year.
  6. Count Question Resolution Program (December 1): This program began at the end of the year with a deadline for submissions set for June 30, 2023. This initiative aims to address any concerns or questions regarding the census count to ensure utmost accuracy and completeness.

These milestones not only highlighted the progress and results of the 2020 Census but also set the groundwork for future data collection, assessment, and resolution endeavors.

Here is your roadmap for census-related actions in 2021:

These are just some of the census-related advocacy actions your organization should have taken in 2021 to lay early groundwork for a fair, complete, and accurate count in 2030. It’s never too early to get started.