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More About the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA)

The "Typical" LUCA Timeline

LUCA activities tend to occur between early July, 2017 through February, 2018.  The Census Bureau sends a letter to the highest elected official in each locality extending an invitation to participate in LUCA.  The first step in the process is for officials to respond affirmatively to that request.

Steps Responsibilities Best done by: Endpoint
1 Localities say "YES" to the US Census Bureau request to participate in LUCA July, 2017 December 15, 2017
2 Using multiple data sources (e.g., utilities, 911), prepare your local address file Summer & Fall, 2017 Fall, 2017
3 Ensure your local address file captures your true community. Is everyone included? Fall, 2017 February, 2018
4 Use Census Bureau software (GUPS) to make address changes MAF released in February 2018

File submission to the US Census Bureau

120 days after receipt of LUCA file

LUCA Benefits to Communities

The updating of addresses provides communities with the opportunity to improve the US Census Bureau's residential address list used to survey households in their jurisdiction. This list is the foundation for census surveying and determines the number of households surveyed.

By participating in the LUCA, communities ensure that the Census 'gets it right.'  Right in terms of having accurate local data that can be used for regional planning.  In addition to quality data, communities ensure a more accurate count of residents, which is used to allocate billions in federal funds. 

Additional information can be found at the Census Bureau's Frequently Asked Questions.

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