Address Coverage Improvement and Evaluation Program – 2005 National Estimate of Coverage of the Master Address File
This evaluation reports the results of research and analysis undertaken by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is part of a broad program, the Address Coverage Improvement and Evaluation Program, designed to assess a range of issues related to housing unit coverage and quality of the Master Address File. In the U.S. Census Bureau Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2006 through 2010, strategic goal #3 requires that the Census Bureau “implement a comprehensive plan for periodic Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing evaluation and corrective activities that will guide planning for cost-effective improvements to coverage and geocoding operations” (U.S. Census Bureau 2006). The plan for meeting these goals included the production of an annual report of the National Estimate of Coverage of the Master Address File.
We calculate the National Estimate of Coverage each year using the Census 2000 housing unit count as our baseline housing unit estimate for the fifty states and District of Columbia for April 1, 2000. We then use the Population Division’s housing unit estimates to calculate the change in the housing unit count for years subsequent to 2000. We use this change estimate to update the 2000 baseline and obtain truth estimates for the number of housing units for 2002 through 2005. Finally, we compare the estimated true housing unit count to annual housing unit counts from the Master Address File, which is the Census Bureau’s continually updated database of living quarters, to arrive at net coverage estimates.
KeywordsCensus Bureau Housing Unit National Estimate American Community Survey Mobile Home
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