Council invites input on census tracts and block groups

Posted In: Communities, Council News
Date: 3/22/2019

The Metropolitan Council is reviewing and updating the boundaries of census tracts and block groups for the seven-county metro area that the U.S. Census Bureau will use from 2020 to 2029. Local elected officials, neighborhood and district councils, nonprofits and other groups that use census data can have input on the 2020 tracts and block groups through April.

Screengrab of a map with a popup of a census tract.The Census Bureau runs numerous data collections. It publishes Census and American Community Survey statistics for a variety of geographic areas: states, metro areas, counties, American Indian Reservations, school districts, legislative districts, ZIP codes, cities and townships. The most detailed local geographies available from the Census Bureau are sub-county and sub-city areas called census tracts and block groups.

Are there sub-county or sub-city service areas, districts, or zones for which you need Census statistics?

Interested stakeholders can provide input on 2020 tracts and block groups now through the end of April. For the Twin Cities metro area, the Council has prepared a preliminary set of new boundaries, viewable at metrocouncil.org/census2020. The preliminary redrawing of tracts and block groups is consistent with Census Bureau’s requirements and is informed by recent estimates of population and housing. 

In the metro area send questions, comments, and requests concerning census tracts and block groups to Paul Hanson at paul.hanson@metc.state.mn.us or 651-602-1642. Comments and requests should be submitted by April 30, 2019.

In outstate Minnesota or in other states, other planning agencies and county governments are coordinating the review and update.

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