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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

MAYOR WALSH, CITY OF BOSTON HIGHLIGHT 2020 CENSUS DAY Residents are encouraged to fill out the U.S. 2020 Census


BOSTON - Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today highlighted the importance of the U.S. 2020 Census, and encouraged residents to complete the Census, and ensure all Boston residents are counted in this national survey as part of a national awareness campaign on Census Day. 

"April 1 is Census Day, a key time as we encourage all residents of Boston to fill out the U.S. 2020 Census," said Mayor Walsh. "For Boston to be counted and get the resources and representation we need, we need every community to complete this important survey. We're working to make sure everyone gets counted -- because in Boston, everyone counts." 

The Census is a constitutionally required nationwide survey. It's conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau to count the population of the United States. The data collected by the Census: determines the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives; informs redistricting, defining congressional districts, state legislative districts, and local city council districts for the next 10 years, and directs more than $675 billion in federal funding to states and cities.

In mid-March 2020, residents should have received an invitation to participate from the Census Bureau with instructions on how to fill out your form. For the first time, residents can respond to the Census online or by phone in 13 different languages.

All Census data is protected by federal law. It is a crime for any personal responses to be shared outside the Census Bureau and they cannot be used against people by any government agency or court.

Residents can learn more about how to fill out the Census at boston.gov/2020-census. The City of Boston has launched Boston Counts 2020, the City's effort to support an equitable and complete count in the next U.S. Census.

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