The U.S. census tract population estimates are produced by Woods & Poole Economics, Inc. (W&P) with support from NCI through a contract and are available to anyone who requests them and agrees to certain standard data use conditions.

These census tract population data are based on a hybrid regression, demographic, and proportional model jointly developed by the NCI, W&P, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). They replace an older set of estimates that were developed by the NCI and released previously as part of the Specialized SEER database with Census Tract-level SES and Rurality. The new population estimates match to the Census Bureau’s Vintage 2019 bridged single-race population estimates for 2010-2019, and intercensal population estimates for 2006-2009 when tracts are collapsed to counties. Uncertainties about these estimates are not reflected. Cautions should be exercised in using these estimates, especially when the sample is small. Refer to W&P’s technical documents (PDF, 115 KB) to learn more about the methods used.

The population estimates available for request include, for each U.S. census tract,

  • annual residential population estimates by age group (0, 1-4 years, 5-9, 10-14, ..., 80-84, and 85 and older),
  • race/ethnicity (Non-Hispanic White, Non-Hispanic Black, Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic Asian Pacific Islander, and Hispanic of any race),
  • and gender (female and male) for the years 2006 to 2019.
All population estimates are defined using the Decennial Census 2010 census tract boundaries.

Text data files are available for download for analysis using your own statistical software or using SEER*Stat (you must use the SEER*Prep software to create an database for use in SEER*Stat).

Feedback requested: As part of this preliminary release, we welcome any feedback on these newly developed census tract data products. Please email seercustomdata@imsweb.com.

Suggested citation if text files are used: Populations - Total U.S. (2006-2019), Census Tract Estimates by Race/Origin Controlling to Vintage 2019 <2010 Tract Geographies>, National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Surveillance Research Program, released October 2021. Source: Woods & Poole Economics, Inc. Washington, D.C. Copyright 2021.

Suggested citation if SEER*Stat files are used: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program (www.seer.cancer.gov) SEER*Stat Database: Populations - Total U.S. (2006-2019), Census Tract Estimates by Race/Origin Controlling to Vintage 2019 <2010 Tract Geographies>, National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Surveillance Research Program, released October 2021. Source: Woods & Poole Economics, Inc. Washington, D.C. Copyright 2021.