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Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program

The Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program allows state, tribal, and local governments to help the U.S. Census Bureau update the Census Bureau's address list to be used for the 2010 Census. Census data is used for the apportionment of Congressional seats, appropriation of Federal funds to state, tribal, and local governments, and for statistical data to be used by local communities. LUCA is the best current method to ensure local governments get an accurate count of their population.

A brief review of the LUCA schedule indicates that during January 2007 state officials throughout the country were mailed an advance letter with information about the LUCA program. Promotional workshops were held throughout the nation from March through June. In North Dakota these workshops were held in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, and Minot. From July 2007 to January 2008 LUCA program registration and materials will be shipping. From August 2007 to November 2007 there will be LUCA training workshops held throughout the state and the nation. From August 2007 to April 2008 LUCA participants will conduct their LUCA reviews. From April 2008 to October 2008 the Census Bureau will review and process the submissions, which will then be field-checked from November 2008 to May 2009.

There are three different participation options, each of which provides a different level of access to the Census Bureau's address list and what the reviewer can and cannot do with the address information. Title 13 of the U.S. Code has specific requirements that apply to working with the address lists.

Local and tribal governments are encouraged to be involved with LUCA to help North Dakota be assured of an accurate 2010 Census. For more information, please visit the Census Bureau's LUCA web site.

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