William Francis Galvin, 2020 Census Liaison
William Francis Galvin, 2020 Census Liaison

LUCA — Local Update of Census Addresses

What is LUCA? (PDF)

LUCA Kick-off Workshop — March 23, 2017

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin welcomed city and town officials on Thursday, March 23 to the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) workshop. The LUCA program will focus on updating census addresses in anticipation of the 2020 Federal Census.

“The goal of this session is to get the most accurate resident list possible for the 2020 Census," Secretary Galvin said. "This is especially critical in counting our immigrant population which promises to be difficult in light of the prospect of further restrictive federal policies on immigration. That and the current political climate could make immigrants more reluctant to participate in the Census.”

The 2020 population, as determined by the Census, has financial and political implications for Massachusetts for the decade that follows. It determines distribution of funds from federal programs, and it forms the basis for setting how many members of Congress the state will have.

The LUCA program is the only opportunity state and municipal governments have to review and comment on the Census Bureau's residential address list prior to the 2020 Census.

LUCA Overview

Jeff Behler, Director New York Regional Office
Mike Horgan, Geographer
U.S. Census Bureau

The Local Update of Census Address operation is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarters and associated population for inclusion in the Census. Your participation in the LUCA program starting in 2017 will help ensure a complete and accurate 2020 census count for your community.

View the U.S. Census Bureau Powerpoint presentation (PDF)

The Commonwealth's Master Address Database

Neil MacGaffey, Director

Working with municipal police and fire departments, in 2017 the Commonwealth's State 911 Department will complete deploying a new 9-1-1 emergency call system. The new system, known as the Next Generation 9-1-1 system, relies on high quality mapping to correctly route 9-1-1 calls to dispatch centers. MassGIS has built and is maintaining this mapping. This statewide mapping includes point locations for addresses, mostly on the structure where the addresses are located, and their associated address or addresses. We refer to this as the master address database, or MAD. This presentation will review how MassGIS built and is maintaining the MAD,  products from the MAD available to municipalities, the ways in which the MAD is incomplete, and the importance of state and municipal collaboration on maintaining a single complete record of addresses for the Commonwealth.

View the MassGIS's Powerpoint presentation (PDF)

LUCA Assistance – How We Can Help

John Barr, Census Program Manager
Michelle K. Tassinari, Director and Legal Counsel, Elections Division 
William Palmer, Geographer
Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office
Susan Strate, Senior Manager
University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

A review of state resources available to municipalities, and how our agencies are working together to streamline the work effort to assist municipalities with improving address lists, group quarter counts, and providing data submission support and trainings.

View the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Powerpoint presentation (PDF)

View the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute's Powerpoint presentation (PDF)

How to Access and Use Census Data

Alexandra Barker, Data Dissemination Specialist
U.S. Census Bureau

Learn how your municipality can access and utilize censusdata for free!  See some of the latest tools that have been produced using census data and learn how this data can be used to meet your specific needs.

View the U.S. Census Bureau's Powerpoint presentation (PDF)