For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2000
to Congress Details Census Monitoring Board's
Observations of 51 Local Census Offices Nationwide
- The bipartisan U.S. Census Monitoring Board today issued its fourth Joint
Report to Congress summarizing the Board's observations of 51 Local Census
Offices (LCOs) representing all 12 Census Regions as well as an update of
major census operations that have taken place since the Board's last published
report on April 1, 2000.
was created by Congress to observe and report on the implementation of the
2000 decennial census. The eight members of the Board include four appointed
by the Congressional Leadership and four by the President. The report includes
an overview of each of the 12 Census Regions and separate summaries by the
Congressional and Presidential members of the Board of each LCO. The report
can be accessed via the Board's respective web sites at
www.cmbc.gov or www.cmbp.gov.
the nation's 120 million housing units, the Census Bureau established 520
Local Census Offices throughout the nation to conduct a number of activities
before, during and after Census Day (April 1). The managers and staff of the
LCOs were responsible for local outreach, promotional activities to build
awareness, recruitment of enumerators, follow-up with those that did not receive
or return a census questionnaire and many other local activities detailed
in the report.
of the 51 LCOs selected by the Board comprised a high percentage of traditionally
undercounted communities as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau's Planning
Database. This database used 1990 census data to identify potentially hard-to-count
census tracts including tracts that had low mail response rates; tracts in
minority communities; tracts that were linguistically isolated; and tracts
in low-income areas. Historically, these factors contributed to a differential
undercount during the decennial census.
Board staff visited primarily urban LCOs, they also conducted observations
of several offices in rural areas and one on an American Indian reservation.
As a result, Board staff was able to observe a diverse cross-section of communities
around the country. Beginning in March 2000 and continuing through the Non-Response
Follow-Up period of July 2000, Board staff visited most LCOs three times (each
office was visited at least once). Board and LCO staffs discussed the status
of a broad range of operations issues during these meetings.
also observed fieldwork by census enumerators in two LCOs in each region.
The LCO visits provided the Board with a local-level understanding of the
preparation and implementation of the Census Bureau's enumeration plan. Additionally,
Board members and staff met with community leaders, local elected officials
and planning professionals to assess their interactions with the Census Bureau
before and during the process. Some of their observations and comments are
included in the LCO summaries.
is the list of Census Regions and the location of the LCOs visited within
Hialeah and Tampa, Florida; Atlanta West and Dalton, Georgia.
New Haven, Connecticut; Boston South, Massachusetts; Burlington, Vermont.
Corbin, Kentucky; Monroe, North Carolina; Conway, South Carolina; Nashville,
Tennessee; Richmond, Virginia.
Belleville, Chicago Near South and Chicago Near Southwest, Illinois; Indianapolis,
Indiana; Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Orleans Parish, Louisiana; Greenville, Mississippi; El Paso, Harris County
Northwest and San Antonio, Texas.
Tucson and Window Rock, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Battle Creek and Detroit West, Michigan; Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio.
Kansas City Region:
Little Rock, Arkansas; Minneapolis West and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Los Angeles Region:
Compton, Los Angeles West and San Diego South, California.
New York Region:
Hudson County, New Jersey; Brooklyn South, New York North, and New York Northwest,
Washington, DC; Baltimore East, Maryland; Altoona, Philadelphia North and
Philadelphia South, Pennsylvania.
Modesto, Sacramento North, San Francisco Northeast and San Francisco West,
California; Portland, Oregon; Tacoma, Washington.
and all LCO summaries can be viewed on the Board's respective web pages: www.cmbp.gov
or www.cmbc.gov. If you would like a printed
copy of the report, please contact Mario Lopez, Congressional Members at 301-457-5085,
or John Chambers, Presidential Members at 301-713-6672.
Contact: John Chambers,
Presidential Members, 301-713-6672
or Mario Lopez, Congressional Members, 301-457-5085