2020 Census

2020 Census Information
Posted on 01/29/2020
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A Message from Superintendent Jake McCandless:

As you likely know, the upcoming 2020 United States Census is a once-every-ten-year count of people living in the United States, which impacts much in our community—from the number and size of political representatives and their districts to vital financing of programs in our schools, city, agencies, protective services, and health care facilities right here in Pittsfield.

The Timeline for the 2020 Census is as follows:

From March 12 to 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

From March 30 through April 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 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.

In April Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.

From May to July Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

We will be sending regular reminders about this vital count. The links below will also provide a host of information on the 2020 US Census.


Please use these websites to learn more about the 2020 United Stated Census.

Jake McCandless's Message and list of resources on the 2020 US Census

The US Census Bureau


What Is the 2020 US Census?


Important Dates


What Questions Does the 2020 US Census Ask?


Working for the Census


Why Respond—Community Impact


Counting Homeless Individuals/Families


Fact Sheets—Multiple Languages


Confidentiality of the US Census


El Censo del 2020 y la Confidencialidad



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