- Written by Janis Merrell, Editor of The Good Life
- Published: 14 February 2020
The Census is a count of every person living in the United States, required by the Constitution, to be done every 10 years. You might wonder why it is so important to be counted. According to the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, it is estimated that $2,372 per person in annual federal resources will be lost for every person not counted in the Census. For instance, if just 3 out of every 100 people in Franklin County are not counted, Franklin County could lose over $50 million in federal resources over a ten-year period.
In Fiscal Year 2016 alone, Massachusetts received over 22.8 billion through 55 federal spending programs guided by 2010 Census data.
Sometime during the period of March 12-March 20, your household will receive a letter from the Census Bureau with a unique identification number that is tied to your home address. Once you receive your letter, you can respond online, by phone, or by filling out a mail-in form. If you do not respond to the original letter or mailed reminders, a census-taker will visit your home to get your response in person. They will begin visiting homes in mid-May.
According to the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, it is estimated that $2,372 per person in annual federal resources will be lost for every person not counted in the Census.
It is important to confirm that your census-taker is a true census field representative. A census-taker will:
- Present an ID badge which contains a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
- Provide you with supervisor contact information and/or regional office phone number verification, if asked.
- Provide you with a letter from the Director of the Census Bureau on U.S. Census Bureau letterhead.
Remember, you can call the Census Bureau and verify the identity of the Census Bureau employee at your door at 1-800-923-8282. Also, the 2020 Census will not ask questions about immigration or citizenship or anything on behalf of a political party, and will not ask for your Social Security number, money or donations, or your bank or credit card numbers. Your census responses cannot be used against you in any court of law or by law enforcement and no agency can access your individual responses.