When will the 2020 Census data be available?
In August 2021, the US Census Bureau released the 2020 Census Redistricting data which includes updated data on population, race/ethnicity, housing units, occupied/vacant units, and group quarters population (think college students) for geographies like cities, counties, and Census tracts.
Unfortunately, there are no 2020 Census Redistricting data for zips/ZCTAs.
2020 Census data for zips/ZCTAs will be released later, but the Census Bureau hasn’t said when. All the gory details are in this blog post. We could use the small Census geographies to create 2020 estimates for zips/ZCTAs if we hear from enough of our clients that this would be helpful. Or we could just wait until the Census Bureau releases the official data for zips/ZCTAs. If you have a preference here, contact us.
When can I get 2020 income data? Or where are all the other important demographics?
Population, race/ethnicity, housing units, occupied/vacant units, and group quarters population are the only 2020 Census data available in the redistricting dataset. There will be additional Census 2020 variables released in the future, but the Census 2020 dataset won't include data like income data. For income and other important demographics, we'll need to wait for the Census' 2020 American Community Survey dataset which will be released in March 2022.
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