Recent Census Data Releases
2020 Census TIGER/Line Shapefiles Have Arrived
The Census Bureau has released the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Geographic Support Products for all 50 states, including North Carolina. State and local governments use these products in their redistricting efforts.
The products contain newly created 2020 Census blocks and updated block groups, census tracts, voting districts, and current boundaries for legal governments and school districts referenced to January 1, 2020.
TJCOG Tips for Using the TIGER/Line Shapefiles
The core 2020 TIGER/Line Files and Shapefiles do not include demographic data, but they do contain geographic entity codes (GEOIDs) that can be linked to the Census Bureau's demographic data, available on data.census.gov.
- Download a complete set of zipped shapefiles for North Carolina on the Census Bureau's website, or download the shapefiles on the Census Bureau's: FTP Archive by State and FTP Archive by Layer.
- If you have any questions about the 2020 Census Redistricting Data or TIGER/Line Shapefiles, read the 2020 TIGER/Line Shapefiles Technical Documentation.
Census 2015-2019 5-Year Estimates Have Arrived
The Census Bureau has released the 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates, the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, housing, and demographic information! This release marks a key milestone - three sets of 5-year estimates that do not overlap, providing a great tool to examine local trends. The ACS is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40+ topics it covers, such as educational attainment, occupation, and selected monthly homeowner costs.
The 5-year estimates are available for all geographic areas regardless of population size, down to the block-group level.
TJCOG Tips for Using the Census Data
- Not sure how to search through the data and tables or want an easy way to look at your local information? Explore Narrative Profiles! Each covers 15 different topic areas and highlights estimates for specific geographic areas.
- Want to see the most used social, economic, housing, and demographic data? Explore Data Profiles! Each summarizes a set of data characteristics for a single geographic.
- Interested in learning about all the tools available? Go here.
Interested in Learning More?
Below are some related resources that can be found on the Census Bureau's website, such as Blog Posts and Press Releases.
2020 Census Data Processing Updates
- Census Data Processing 101: The Census Bureau blog describes how census data processing works to ensure the census is accurate.
- 2020 Census Processing Updates: The Census Bureau blog provides an update on data processing for the 2020 Census.
- Update on 2020 Census Data Processing and Quality: The Census Bureau has begun processing the data collected for the 2020 Census. Data collection for the decennial census is always a herculean task and 2020 was no exception.
- Ensuring a Robust and Accurate Data Quality Analysis in the 2020 Census: Asking outside experts to review our work is standard operating procedure at the U.S. Census Bureau. It underscores our commitment to quality and transparency.