Participant Statistical Areas Program

2020 Census PSAP in the Triangle

The 2020 Census Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) offers local governments, councils of government, and regional planning organizations the opportunity to review and modify select statistical boundaries that the U.S. Census Bureau uses to count people in our community. By participating in the PSAP, the Triangle region will ultimately be provided with the most relevant, useful data possible about population, income, and housing for small-area geographic analyses. The Census Bureau uses statistical boundaries to tabulate data for the 2020 Census, American Community Survey, Economic Census, and other surveys. Data tabulated to PSAP geographies are used by federal, state, and local agencies for planning and future purposes, as well as by the private sector, academia, and the public. Standard statistical geographies include: Census Tracts, Census Block Groups, and Census Designated Places (CDPs).

In July 2018, the Census Bureau invited regional planning agencies, councils of governments, and local governments and organizations to participate in PSAP. Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) served as the PSAP primary participant for the Triangle region, which includes Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, and Wake Counties. In January 2019, the Census Bureau sent TJCOG both the 2010 PSAP geography and proposed 2020 PSAP plan to review. During the program, TJCOG worked with its seven counties and other interested local parties, including both Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the Triangle Rural Planning Organization (TARPO), to review the 2020 PSAP plan and send modifications back the Census Bureau. Triangle J COG utilized the Census Bureau’s Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS) to review the boundaries and generate the final 2020 PSAP plan. In coordination with the counties, MPOs, and RPO, TJCOG submitted the final PSAP package to the Census Bureau on May 15, 2020. The Census Bureau will begin to release geographies from the 2020 Census in December 2020. The next opportunity to review and delineate statistical areas is planned for the 2030 Census.

More information on the PSAP can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau's website.

2020 Census PSAP Materials

More information on the PSAP can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau's website and via the links below.

TJCOG Activities

TJCOG's 2020 Census PSAP Activities

Quick Program & Reference Guides

Standard Geography Quick Reference Guides:


Use TIGERweb to review the 2020 statistical areas

Refer to the PSAP Verification Quick Program and Respondent Guide for instructions on how to use TIGERweb to review 2020 PSAP statistical areas.

New Census Designated Places

New Census Designated Places (CDPs) - All [PDF]

New Census Designated Places (CDPs) - All   [Excel]

Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS)

Download GUPS


Kaley Huston
Planner II


Ben Bearden
GIS Analyst