2020 Census & the Complete Count Committee

2020 Census

Mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the Census is conducted every 10 years, to take a count of America’s population. The 2020 Census goal is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

Why does the Census matter to Northampton?

  • An accurate Census ensures fair representation at all levels of government (i.e., how many representatives each state gets in Congress.)
  • The Census directly impacts the funding Northampton will receive over the next decade.
    • DID YOU KNOW? $2,372 is the amount of federal funding that comes to Massachusetts based on one person being counted in the U.S. Census. That means, for every person (even children) who is NOT counted in the 2020 Census, our community loses $2,372 every year for TEN years. 
  • The Census provides the most reliable and complete data for research, decision making and planning for both the public and private sectors.

2020 Census Timeline (Updated 4/27/2020)

Date Milestone
Early Spring 2020 Advertising & messaging campaigns begins
March 12 - March 20 Households will receive an invitation to respond to the Census
March 16 - March 24 A reminder letter will be sent to households that have not responded
  If you haven't responded:
March 26 - April 3                            
A reminder postcard is sent to households that have not responded
April 8 - April 30 A reminder letter and paper questionnaire is sent to households that have not responded
April 27 - May 9
A second reminder postcard is sent to households
August 11 - October 31
Non-response follow-up
October 31
End of self-response phase