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. 12/10//2020)
Provide apportionment counts to the President of the United States.
By April 1, 2021
Complete the release of the P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data to the states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
May 2021 - Sept. 2021
Deliver 2020 Census statistical data to the enterprise data dissemination platform for the release of quick tables and API.