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 our city?

  • 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.
  • The Census provides the most reliable and complete data for research, decision making and planning for both the public and private sectors.

Image of Census Partnership - Together we can ensure an accurate count

Complete Count Committee

Complete Count Committees (CCC) are key to creating awareness in communities all across the country. Due to Northampton’s population’s characteristics, the city is at a moderate risk for under-count in the upcoming Census. The CCC will:

  • Utilize local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate communities and promote the Census through locally-based, targeted, outreach efforts.
  • Provide a vehicle for coordinating and nurturing cooperative efforts between tribal, state, and local governments; communities; and the Census Bureau.
  • Help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations.

2020 Census Partnership Presentation (PDF)
2020 Census Complete Count Committee Guide (PDF)

Please take a moment to watch the Census Bureau's updated video for how to complete the questionnaire online!

Census Timeline

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 16 A reminder letter and paper questionnaire is sent to households that have not responded
April 20 - April 27 A final reminder postcard is sent before in-person follow ups begin
Summer 2020 Census wraps