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Posted on: March 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] CENSUS 2020 – Concerns regarding identifying Community Name

City of Piperton staff has received a number of inquiries from concerned residents with regard to “Collierville,” instead of “Piperton,” being listed on their Census form address block.  Because ZIP Codes are based on the location of delivery post offices, they often do not correspond to political jurisdiction boundaries.  This means that millions of Americans receive their mail from a post office in an adjacent town, village, or neighborhood, and their mailing address reflects the name and ZIP Code of that post office – in our case, Collierville, rather than the jurisdiction where they actually live.  City of Piperton officials are keenly aware that this reality has been an ongoing source of frustration and have been working to address the matter, which involves a lengthy and often cumbersome Boundary Review Process through the United States Postal Service with uncertain outcomes.

As this relates to the Census 2020, however, rest assured that the actual location of your address has been verified for accuracy.  The 20-digit identification number on your form links back to the Census Bureau’s master address and geographic files that store the information about the correct geographic location of your home.  This geographic information was verified last year by census workers who physically located each housing unit on the ground and assigned the housing units a “geocode” using special census maps and GPS coordinates.

While the address on your census form or advance letter may not list the actual city name you identify with, it will NOT affect which city, town, or block your household’s responses will be assigned to when the Census Bureau tabulates census results.

For additional information regarding the Census Bureau’s geo-referencing process, please refer to the following web page: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/geography/guidance/geo-areas/usps_census_city.html

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