Census 2020 Complete Count Committee
Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone who lives in the country, from newborn babies to the oldest among us. It is important for everyone to complete the 2020 Census so that communities like ours can be accurately funded and represented.
Responding is important.
The 2020 Census will influence community funding and congressional representation for the next decade. Information collected in the census will inform the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds for states and communities each year. That includes money for things like:
› First responders
› Medicare Part B
› Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program
› Libraries and community centers
› Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
› Senior Community Service Employment Program
Responding is easy.
Beginning in mid-March 2020, you can respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. Choose the option that is most comfortable for you. Large-print guides to the questionnaire are available upon request. From May – July 2020, census takers will visit households that have not yet responded. A census taker can assist if you need help completing your form.
Responding is safe.
Your personal information is kept confidential by law. Your responses can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be shared with law enforcement agencies or used against you by any government agency or court in any way.
- Sarah Raposa, Town Planner
- Marion Bonoldi, Planning & Zoning
- Roberta Lynch, Council on Aging Director
- Pam Gardner, Library Director
- Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh, Medfield Youth Outreach
Counting Young Children FAQ
Brochure About Residence Criteria
Fact Sheet for Renters
Fact Sheet for Property Managers
Fact Sheet for Military
Fact Sheet for Group Housing
WHAT? Count • The census is a count of everyone living in the United States. This mandatory count is required by the United States Constitution.
WHO? Everyone • The population of the United States must be counted. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the United States Code. Federal law protects the personal information you provide during the census.
WHEN? Every 10 years • The federal census is conducted every 10 years. The next Federal Census will occur in 2020. You will receive Census correspondence prior to Census Day April 1, 2020. The Federal Census is different than your annual street listing, which is sent every year by the city or town in which you reside.
WHERE? Everywhere in the U.S. • The Federal Census counts everyone living in the United States, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
HOW? Online, phone or mail • The U.S. Census Bureau will send a letter inviting you to go online and complete your census form if you can. Don’t worry if you don’t have internet access — you can respond by phone or paper, too. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire. The online questionnaire will be available in 12 non-English languages (Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese). Help will also be available by phone in some of these languages. If the U.S. Census Bureau does not receive a response from your household, they will mail a second form. Households that still do not respond will be called or visited by a Census worker. (Census workers can be identified by a census badge.)
WHY? It’s important • The data collected during the Federal Census determines federal funding for your community, your community’s representation in Congress and planning decisions made in your community.
It’s required by law • The information you provide is combined with responses provided by your neighbors and other households across the country, to provide summary statistical data that are used by various local, state and federal agencies.
IS CENSUS DATA CONFIDENTIAL? ABSOLUTELY! • Your answers are protected by law (Title 13 of the U.S. Code, Section 9) and are strictly confidential. It is illegal for the Census Bureau, or its employees, to share your personal information with any other government agency, local law enforcement, IRS, Health and Human Services (HHS), FBI, ICE, etc. Not even the President of the United States can access your individual responses.
HOW DOES THE CENSUS AFFECT ME? Census affects funding in your community • Census data directly affects how more than $675 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improvements, public health, education, transportation and much more. Spending just a few minutes to fill out your census form will help ensure your community gets its fair share of federal and state funding.
Census affects your voice in Congress • The number of representatives in Congress is determined by the number of residents in Massachusetts in relation to the number of residents in the United States. Currently we have 9 U.S. Representatives - in order to preserve our representation, we must ensure that everyone is counted so Massachusetts maintains its strong voice in Congress.
Census affects your representation in state and local government • Federal Census data is used to define legislative districts, school district assignment areas and other important areas of government.
Census provides important information used for local decision-making • The census is a snapshot that helps define who we are as a nation. Data about changes in your community are crucial to many planning decisions, such as where to provide services for the elderly, where to build new roads and schools, or where to locate job training centers.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
2020 Federal Census US Census Customer Service Center: 1-800-923-8282
How to Count College Students in 2020 Census
In Student Housing, Off Campus or With Parents, College Students Count in 2020 Census
A freshman living on campus in student housing. A junior varsity athlete sharing an off-campus house with teammates. A senior living solo in an off-campus apartment.
Even though many residents of a typical American college town might move away after they graduate, they have to be counted while they live there.
College towns across the country depend on students’ responses to the census. The reason: Census results help determine how much federal funding communities will receive over the next 10 years.
“Young college students may be going off on their own for the first time, and when they see a postcard or a census worker and are asked to take the census, they may not understand that they’re supposed to take it where they’re living.”
— Evan Curtis, state planning coordinator and co-chair of the Utah Complete Count Committee
Where Is ‘Home’ for College Students?
When responding to the 2020 Census, college students should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time as of April 1, 2020.
For most students, that means in their college town, not back home with their parents.
Parents or guardians should only include children in college who live with them full time during the school year.
They should not list college students studying or living abroad on April 1.
It will be easier than ever for college students and other internet users to respond to the 2020 Census. For the first time, most people can respond online. They can also respond by phone or by mail, if they prefer.
Up to five invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be mailed to all addresses beginning in mid-March. Residents of apartments or houses will receive information multiple times about the different ways to respond to the census.