Region – The 2020 U.S. Census opened on March 12 and invitations to respond have been mailed to homes throughout the nation. In a March 18 statement from U.S. Census Director Steven Dillingham, 2020 Census field operations have been suspended until April 1 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. In this statement Dillingham is encouraging everyone to immediately respond online at https://my2020census.gov/ or by the phone number on the mailed form. The phone number for Massachusetts is 844-330-2020. The following link also lists additional phone numbers to respond to the census in several other languages: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/census2020/respond-by-phone.html.
According to the U.S. Census website, the 2020 Census can be completed in about ten minutes and is safe, secure, and confidential. Results of the 2020 Census help to direct billions of dollars in Federal funds to local communities, like schools, roads, and other public services as well as determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government. The census, conducted every ten years, is a mandatory count of everyone living in the United States and is required by the United States Constitution. Federal law protects the personal information you provide during the census. For more information about why the census is so important for our local communities go to https://www.sec.state.ma.us/census2020/us-census.html.