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.
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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 2020 The Census is mailed or dropped off at residential addresses, starting the self-response period
March-April 2020 Self-response phase & service-based interviewing (interviews to count people experiencing homelessness)
April 1, 2020 Census Day
May-July 2020 Nonresponse follow-up with households
Summer 2020 Census wraps up
December 2020 Apportionment counts due
March 2021 Redistricting counts to the States