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 Revised Census Timeline (Upd. 8/10/2020)

Date Milestone
March 12 - September 30 Self-response phase
April 2 – September 3 Group quarters enumeration
July 16 - September 30
Non-response follow up
September 22 - September 24
Service based enumeration
Deadline is December 31, 2020 Process Apportionment Counts