Important 2023 Milestones

  1. American Community Survey (ongoing)
  2. Count Question Resolution and Post-Census Group Quarters Review programs end on June 30, 2023.
  3. Population Estimates Challenge Program for counties, cities, towns, and tribal nations resumes.
  4. Research and testing to inform 2030 Census design selection and operational development, culminating in release of 2030 Census design and first operational plan by the end of 2024.
  5. Obtaining legal and programmatic justifications from federal agencies for topics to be included in the 2030 Census and American Community Survey, including possible SOGI questions.
  6. Securing dedicated funding for research, cognitive, and field testing for SOGI questions.
  7. Federal Register Notices seeking public input on updated American Community Survey content and operational improvements and OMB standards for the federal collection and reporting of data on race and ethnicity (2023).
  8. Federal Register Notices seeking public input for conducting rigorous research and testing about how to add sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) questions to the American Community Survey (2023).
  9. Release of Demographic Profiles for governmental units (places) on a flow basis by state (by May 31, 2023).
  10. Release of Demographic and Housing Characteristics files, with additional data collected in the 2020 Census for various levels of geography, including age, sex, household/family relationships, and housing tenure (by May 31, 2023) and the first sets of detailed data for racial and ethnic subgroups (August 2023).
  11. Population Estimates Challenge Program restarts, allowing local and tribal governments to appeal their annual estimates starting with the 2022 estimates released in 2023.
  12. First Census Barriers, Attitudes, and Motivators Survey (CBAMS) to guide communications campaign, outreach activities, and operational decisions.

These milestones not only highlight the road ahead for the 2030 Census, they also lay the groundwork for future endeavors.

Here is your roadmap for census-related actions in 2023:

These are just some of the census-related advocacy actions your organization can take in 2023 to lay early groundwork for a fair, complete, and accurate count in 2030. It’s never too early to get started.