2020 Facts

April 01 is Census Day!

Census Day 2020

When completing the census, HOUSEHOLDS will include everyone living in our homes on April 1, 2020.

Overall Timeline

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here’s a look at some of the key dates along the way, as they are currently scheduled:


  • January 21: The Census Bureau started counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially began in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
  • March 12 – March 20: Households receivedofficial Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • April 29 – May 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
  • April 16 – June 19: Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.
  • May 27 – August 14: Census takers will interview homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.


  • March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

Information above courtesy of:  https://www.prb.org/importance-of-us-census/


If You WantThen Go Here/Use This Link
General Information or to Respond to the Censushttps://2020census.gov/en.html
To Respond by Phonehttps://www.bostonhousing.org/getattachment/Center-for-Community-Engagement/Resident-Empowerment/Resident-Resources/Telelphone-Official-2020-Federal-Census-Language-Lines.pdf.aspx
To Start Census Onlinehttps://my2020census.gov/
Respond but Want to Stay Home – Social Distancing!https://www.bostonhousing.org/getattachment/Center-for-Community-Engagement/Resident-Empowerment/Resident-Resources/Respond-to-the-2020-Census-flyer.pdf.aspx
Census: Bostonhttps://www.boston.gov/departments/intergovernmental-relations/boston-counts-2020
Census: Massachusettshttps://www.sec.state.ma.us/census2020/complete-count.html
Flyers You Can Download/Printhttps://www.sec.state.ma.us/census2020/index.html
A Flyer Examplehttps://www.sec.state.ma.us/census2020/img/pdf/Stand-Up-Poster_09.pdf
Massachusetts Countshttps://www.sec.state.ma.us/census2020/img/pdf/Census-Brochure-2020-ENG.pdf
About Librarieshttps://guides.mblc.state.ma.us/c.php?g=955429&p=6895760
Census JOBShttps://www.census.gov/about/regions/new-york/jobs/massachusetts.html  

Quick Facts Massachusettshttps://www.census.gov/quickfacts/MA
WHY the Census Is SO Importanthttps://2020census.gov/en/census-data.html
Census DatesTimeline  
Confidentiality: Who Gets Your Informationhttps://2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2019-03/2020-confidentiality-factsheet.pdf
Language Guide: In Videoshttps://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census/planning-management/language-resources/language-guides-videos.html
Language Guides: In Printhttps://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census/planning-management/language-resources/language-guides.html
BHA Flyerhttps://www.bostonhousing.org/getattachment/Center-for-Community-Engagement/Resident-Empowerment/Resident-Resources/Respond-to-the-2020-Census-flyer.pdf.aspx