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Census Updates

2020 Census Resources

2020 Census NTD Frequently Asked Questions

I do not see my FFA-10 Form(s) available in my NTD Report Package. How can I fill them out?

The FFA-10 form(s) will be unavailable for data entry in the 2022 Report Year Packages. Once the Census Bureau releases the 2020 census data (anticipated December 2022), your agency will receive a task to complete the Demographic and Federal Funding Allocation data based on the updated census data. The task will pre-populate the source data for the FFA-10 from your completed 2022 report forms, such as operating expenses and service data. Please note the FFA-10 forms only apply to Urban and Tribal Reporters.

How do I fill out my B-10 Identification Form for Report Year 2022? 

You should complete the B-10 sections for Organization Type and any applicable Auxiliary sections, but you do not have to update the Demographic Information. You will complete the Demographic Information Section (Primary and Secondary Urbanized Areas (UZAs)) in the census task, which will be released after the 2020 census data is released. Please note the Demographic section of the B-10 only applies to Urban and Tribal Reporters.

When will I be able to complete the 2020 Census Task?

The Census Bureau anticipates the release of the Urban Area data in December 2022. Shortly after it is released, the NTD Team will notify all reporters once the task is available in the NTD Reporting System to complete the applicable B-10 and FFA-10 data. You must have your 2022 NTD report forms completed with the source data (financial and service) before completing the census task.

Can I complete my 2022 NTD Report as normal?

Yes, all other NTD forms in the report packages should be completed as normal. The NTD report will still be due on the published due dates according to your agency’s fiscal year end.

I am a State DOT – How will I notify NTD of subrecipients that are affected by Census Area changes?

State DOTs will receive a census task in the NTD Reporting System and will be able to indicate which of their subrecipients are now operating in Urbanized Areas with the new Census Area designations. State DOTs will then be required to provide demographic data, such as Primary and Secondary UZAs, and federal funding allocation data for any affected subrecipients

When will census changes impact FTA formula funding apportionments and grant implementation?

FTA will apportion FY 2024 funding based on the new census data. All formula funding from FY 2023 and prior can continue to be obligated and used according to the program and urbanized area size applicable at the time it was apportioned (pre-2020 Census).

Is the NTD retaining the same Census ID convention as it did in 2010? How will the NTD identify UZAs?

No. FTA has retired UZA code, which it previously used to identify urban areas. Effective with the 2020 Census Urban Areas Release in NTD Report Year 2022, the NTD Program will use the Census Bureau's Urban Area Census Code (UACE) to identify Urbanized Areas (UZAs). This is a five-digit code which uniquely identifies an urban area. For Non-UZAs (rural areas within each U.S. State or Territory), the NTD will use the Federal Information Processing Series (FIPS) State Numeric Code. This is a two-digit number identifying each State or Territory which may be followed by zeros when presented together with UACE Code (e.g., 00001 or 01 may represent Alabama Non-UZA).

Where possible, the NTD Program has mapped the UACE codes from 2020 to UZA code in 2010 so that agencies can crosswalk the current set of UZAs to the UZAs which they last reported on the Federal Funding Allocation (FFA-10) Form. For example, an agency operating in the same Census-defined areas in 2021 and 2022 will see the former "UZA Code" for the given area side-by-side with the current (2020) UACE code in the NTD Census Task.

Will the U.S. Census Bureau’s elimination of the distinction between urban clusters (urban areas with a population of less than 50,000) and urbanized areas (urban areas with a population of 50,000 or more) impact NTD Reporting?

No. Beginning with the delineation of urban areas that correspond to the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau will no longer categorize urban areas based on their population as either an urban cluster or an urbanized area. However, 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53, which is the set of federal statutes governing FTA’s funding programs, still defines an urbanized area as an urban area encompassing a population of not less than 50,000 people. Further, 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 still makes this distinction to prescribe FTA’s distribution of formula grant funding to urbanized vs. non-urbanized areas. 

2010 Census Resources

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