How municipalities can improve census 2020 accuracy and address immigrant undercount


November 20, 2017 - 3:00pm


Historically, immigrants have been underrepresented in the decennial census count. Localities that have experienced recent demographic change are most impacted by a potential undercount, with significant federal dollars on the table. It’s critical that all residents—including immigrants—be counted as valued residents to ensure that all residents benefit from the federal resources that communities can access when everyone is counted. The more accurate the state’s census count, the more fair and equitable is its share of federal funds.

Several factors have contributed to the immigrant undercount problem, including housing and living arrangements, language, education, immigration status, and work hoursIn order to have a fair and accurate Census in 2020, it’s necessary for the Census Bureau to count everyone in the right place—where they usually live.  The Census Improvement Act of 1994 gave local governments an opportunity to review and correct the Census Bureau’s master address list three years before each decennial census takes place—a process known as LUCA (Local Update of Census Addresses). To participate in LUCA for Census 2020, localities must sign up by Dec.15, 2017.

Join this webinar to learn more about LUCA and how municipalities in partnership with local CBOs can use community-based address canvassing to improve the local address list and improve the undercount of immigrants. More information about the role municipalities can play in LUCA prior to the call can be found here:

Featured Speakers

  • Edward Kissam, WKF Giving Fund 
  • Zulma Maciel, Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of San Jose