THE 2020 CENSUS
The importance of a complete and accurate US Census cannot be overstated. Separate from the Annual City Census, the US Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, and the count impacts our most fundamental rights and ability to adequately plan for our collective future. The Census determines how we will be represented in the US Congress and in the Massachusetts Legislature. It directly affects the allocation of over $880 billion per year in federal assistance for neighborhood improvements, public health, education, social services, transportation, and much more.
COVID-19 & CENSUS OPERATIONS
3/16/2020 -- Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Federal Census Bureau and Lowell’s Complete Count Coalition is adjusting its operations. The Federal Census Bureau has delayed QAC operations until April 13th and delayed Early Nonresponse follow up until April 23rd. Until further notice, Lowell’s Complete Count Committee is CANCELLING all community events, QAC’s, training’s, and committee meetings. We encourage all partners who are planning to host similar events consider delaying as well.
The key message right now for anyone with questions about how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 Census: It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.
For more information, visit the United States Census Bureau website.
WHAT IS THE CENSUS?
Every ten (10) years, the federal government counts everyone in the U.S. once, and only once, in the right place. The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of the country. Census results affect your voice in government, how much funding your community receives, and how your community plans for the future.
When you fill out the census, you help:
- Determine how many seats your state gets in Congress
- Redraw ward and precinct lines
- Guide how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
- Create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, and build schools, roads, and hospitals
Lowell is currently the fourth largest city within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and we would like to maintain our rank. Additionally, with funding available at the rate of approximately $1,091.00 per person, we are committed to achieving the most accurate count possible in 2020.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2020?
Historically, the census has relied on paper questionnaires and temporary field staff going door-to-door in neighborhoods and communities to count the population. The 2020 Census is the first time that the census will offer an online option. All households will have a choice to participate by phone or using a paper form.
|2020 Census Key Dates|
APRIL 1, 2020
August 11, 2020
Census postcards will be mailed to most homes. Letters with information on how to take the survey online as well as reminder letters to non-respondents will also be sent in March.
Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
The Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted.