Census 2020: What State and Local governments need to Know
General Purpose Governmental areas
The Census Bureau defines these Local General Purpose Governments:
The Census Bureau depends on local and state governments to update and correct the boundaries of these areas. It is important to have correct boundaries, not only for the Decennial Census, but also for other programs that publish data for these areas, like the Economic Census, the American Community Survey and the Population Estimates.
There are two operations that ask local and state governments to inform the Census Bureau on any boundary changes or corrections:
Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS)
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) annually to collect information about selected legally defined geographic areas. The BAS is used to update information about the legal boundaries and names of all governmental units in the United States.
The Census Bureau is emailing annual response information to all federally recognized American Indian tribes with reservations or off-reservation trust land, governmental counties (and equivalent areas), incorporated places, consolidated cities, and governmental Minor Civil Divisions (MCDs).
More information on BAS can be found at the Census Bureau BAS page. This include information on time schedules, links to current maps and shapefiles and information on consolidating submissions.
Boundary Verification Program
BVP is conducted in 2020 and provides the highest elected or appointed official (HEO) of a local government or tribal chair of a tribal government a last opportunity to review and comment on the boundary of their entity and any address range breaks at the boundary before the tabulation of the 2020 Census data.
Last modified: February 2, 2018