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 yearly federal assistance for neighborhood improvements, public health, education (schools), social services, transportation, and much more.
What Is The Census?
The United States Constitution requires a count of the population every ten years to determine the number of seats each State has in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade, which in turn affects the number of Electoral College votes each State receives. For Weymouth, the stakes are high: the allocation of yearly federal funding for neighborhood improvements, public health, education (schools), social services, transportation and more will flow from the census count.
What's new for 2020?
Historically, the census has relied on mailed 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 response option, although all households will have a choice to participate by phone or using a paper form, as well.