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May 2, 2011

RE: Correcting the Census Count for Your Municipality

Dear Mayor:

The U.S. Census Bureau has established a process, by which local elected officials may challenge their jurisdiction’s 2010 Census count. Known as “Count Question Resolution,” the program was created to specifically address three types of instances where a state, local or tribal government feels an error was made in the 2010 Census results for their area. The three types of errors that can be identified and corrected by this process are:

  1. Boundary matters – relating to possible Census Bureau errors in determining the boundaries of a jurisdiction;
  2. Geocoding matters – relating to possible Census Bureau errors in assigning living quarters to the proper jurisdiction; and
  3. Coverage matters – relating to possible Census Bureau errors in determining the number of living quarters within a jurisdiction.

Count Question Resolution will accept challenge submissions from governmental units beginning June 1, 2011. All challenges must be received by the Census Bureau no later than June 1, 2013. It is important to note that the Census Bureau will not collect any additional data or conduct additional surveys during this challenge process.

If a challenge results in a change, the Census Bureau will issue official revised counts to the affected governments. These changes can be used by the governments for future programs that require official 2010 Census data. They will also be used to calculate subsequent population estimates for that community.

Following the 2000 Census, potential count problems were identified for 1,180 out of 39,000 jurisdictions — less than 3 percent of all governmental jurisdictions across the nation. The final 2000 CQR corrections resulted in a net gain in population of about 2,700 people. This amounts to about 1/1000th of one percent of the nation’s population of 281 million people counted in the 2000 Census.

For more complete information on Count Question Resolution, visit the Census Bureau’s Count Question Resolution webpage at

For more useful information on Census 2010, you might want to read the 2010 Census Blog. You can also connect with the Bureau on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to get more tips, or visit the 2010 Census site.

And for Census information, specific to New Jersey, the State Data Center in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development continues to update its Census site at

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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