Governor Lamont announced that the U.S. Census Bureau has granted a request made by the COGs to be viewed as county-equivalent geographic units. This change allows the Census Bureau to collect, tabulate, and disseminate census data using COG boundaries. Previously, the COGs were not recognized as political boundaries by the Bureau. Public data and geospatial products will begin utilizing these boundaries by the end of the year. SCRCOG utilizes Census and American Community Survey data for multiple planning efforts, including the yearly update to the Demographic Profile.