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.

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.

Census Timeline

Date Milestone
Fall 2019 Complete Count Committee formation
March 2020 Census Bureau mails or drops off Census packages at every residential address, starting the self-response period
March 16 - April 30, 2020 Self-response phase of the Census
March 30 - April 1, 2020 Service-based interviewing operation (conducting in-person interviews to count people experiencing homelessness)
April 1, 2020 Census Day
May 13 - July, 2020 Nonresponse follow-up to occupied housing that did not respond
Summer 2020 Census wraps up
December 2020 Apportionment counts due
March 2021 Redistricting counts to the States