2020 Census: Neighborhood Address Canvassing


Marc Molina, Journalist




The U.S. Census Bureau briefed the media on the launch of address canvassing, the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau’s address list of households nationwide, which is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census. This operation implements methods to improve and refine the U.S. Census Bureau’s address list in advance of the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau needs the address and physical location of each living quarter in the United States and Puerto Rico to conduct and tabulate the census. An accurate list ensures that residents will be invited to participate in the census and that the census counts residents in the correct location.

The Address Canvasing Operation is part of a suite of processes employed by the Census Bureau to update and validate the address frame for the 2020 Census prior to Census Day:

Biannual processing of the U.S. Postal Service’s Delivery Sequence File (DSF).

Tribal, state, and local government address lists and roads files provided through the Geographic Support System (GSS) Program.

Non Geocoded Resolution Project, in which Census Bureau staff research and identify the census block to which an address should be assigned when the automated geocoding process is unable to make the determination.

Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program and the LUCA Appeals process (provides an opportunity for tribal, state, and local governments to review the Census Bureau’s address list for their respective jurisdictions).

New Construction Program is available to local governments to provide addresses for housing units built after LUCA and ready for occupancy by Census Day.

Count Review is conducted in collaboration with state demographer members of the Federal-State Cooperative for Population Estimates (FSCPE). It provides an additional opportunity to review counts of housing units prior to the 2020 Census and update as necessary.

Each of these programs and processes serves to validate addresses in the Master Address File, correct address locations and provide addresses that may not be included in any of the other address data sets. Taken together, along with in-office address canvassing and in-field address canvassing, this suite of programs and processes provides multiple opportunities for the Census Bureau to develop an accurate address list.

“I think these programs will really help  and improve the states and federal government. It’s important for every U.S citizen to be updated on the U.S Census,” said by Mary Ann Molina.


Louis Molina

“These programs can help a lot people in our country. The people need hoses, jobs, schools, roads ways, all of these things are essential for the communities,” said Louis Molina.

“The U.S Census is just as important as voting for an election. You can’t just brush this off like it’s nothing, it is” Mr.  Molina added.




In an interview with Scott Roczey, I asked him a couple questions about his views on the U.S Census.

” The U.S Census is important for our country. With the help of the community we can build new homes for families and others; as well as establish proper aid for the citizens,” Roczey said.


Scott Roczey with his son, Brandon