Census Bureau launches new 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review program for counties to request reviews of certain population counts

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    Census Bureau launches new 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review program for counties to request reviews of certain population counts

    In June 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau launched a new, one-time 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review (PCGQR) program to provide eligible local governments, including counties, parishes and boroughs, the opportunity to request reviews of population counts of group quarters they believe were not counted correctly as of April 1, 2020. This program was created in response to public feedback related to counting quarters’ populations during the unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency.  

    The Census Bureau defines “group quarters” as places where individuals live or stay, in a group living arrangement, owned or managed by an entity or organization providing housing and/or services for the residents. Group quarters types eligible for review under the PCGQR program include:

    • Juvenile Facilities
    • Correctional Facilities for Adults and Children
    • Nursing Facilities/Skilled-Nursing Facilities
    • Other Institutional Facilities
    • College/University Student Housing
    • Military Quarters
    • Emergency and Transitional Shelters (with Sleeping Facilities) for People Experiencing Homelessness 
    • Group Homes Intended for Adults 
    • Residential Treatment Centers for Adults  
    • Workers’ Group Living Quarters and Job Corps Centers
    • Living Quarters for Victims of Natural Disasters

    A full list with definitions of each eligible group quarters type can be found here.  Additionally, service-based locations (e.g. soup kitchens, regularly scheduled mobile food vans, targeted non-sheltered outdoor locations) and sensitive group quarter types (e.g. domestic violence shelters) have been enumerated by the Census Bureau as ineligible for review under this program.

    Updated population counts resulting from the PCGQR program cannot be used to change 2020 Census counts or data products, such as apportionment and redistricting. The updated data will, however, be provided to the Population Estimates Program and be used by other Census Bureau surveys such as the American Community Survey.

    Counties interested in submitting a PCGQR case should consult the Census Bureau’s Participants Guide and Frequently Asked Questions. The Census Bureau has also created Response Templates that counties can use to prepare its submission.

    The deadline to submit all documentation is June 30, 2023. The Census Bureau will review cases on a rolling basis and notify all impacted governmental units of results no later than September 30, 2023.

    The 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review program allows counties to request that the Census Bureau review population counts for certain group quarters to identify errors that may have occurred.

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