Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA)


An accurate account of where residents live, helps the Census Bureau know where they should be reaching out to people with Census questionnaires. Before 2020 Census forms appear in mailboxes, the U.S. Census Bureau needs addresses. If the Bureau doesn’t know that a new subdivision or apartment building has sprung up, residents could go uncounted. That would mean less federal and state funding for your community. And, because the decennial census is the base of your community's estimated population until the next census, a poor count in 2020 will affect your estimate for the next 10 years.

The Census Bureau invited local governments to register to help verify and update a database of all residential addresses through its Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program. Counties, cities, townships, and tribal governments were asked to review the Census Bureau’s address file for accuracy, and supplement it with new or overlooked addresses. 

In 2018, the Jersey City Planning Department worked tirelessly on LUCA to make sure that every home address in Jersey City is accounted for. The Planning Department assessed where people are living now, and where they might be living in 2020. This involves figuring out which building projects are on track to be built and occupied by April 1, 2020. 

The outcome of LUCA in Jersey City is that there are 14,033 newly identified home addresses. With this expansion, we estimate that there are about 36,486 new people to be counted in Jersey City in the 2020 Census.

*If you do not receive a Census questionnaire in the mail by April 1, 2020, please complete the Census online or by phone.
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