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2010 Census Demonstration Data Products

Resource Type
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Publication Date
  • Abstract

    To help data users understand how differential privacy may or may not impact data products they are used to receiving, the Census Bureau created demonstration data products for review. This set of data products demonstrate the current computational capabilities of the 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS). The products include the 2010 Demonstration Public Law 94-171 (P.L. 94-171) Redistricting Data Summary File and the Demographic and Housing Demonstration File.

    The files apply the DAS to the 2010 Census confidential data — that is, the unprotected data from the 2010 Census that are not available publicly. Note that the published 2010 Census data were protected using the traditional statistical disclosure avoidance procedures such as swapping and suppression.

    The Census Bureau encourages data users and data scientists to examine the products and provide feedback as they continue to develop and fine-tune disclosure avoidance systems. They are releasing these products to encourage independent analyses from the data user community and a robust, open, data-driven dialogue.
Collection Mode
  • The actual code that was used to transform the Census Edited File (CEF) that was used in the 2010 Census into a Microdata Detail File (MDF) that was then used to create the demonstration DHC-P and DHC-H files that were then shared with stakeholders can be found at


Update Metadata: 2019-11-21 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-11-21

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (2019): 2010 Census Demonstration Data Products. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.