When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, including everyone living in your home on that day, also known as Census Day.
Census data are used to make decisions about how and where to spend more than $1.5 trillion in federal funds each year for programs and services that communities across America rely on. Census data also drive federal funding allocations for libraries, including grants to states under the Library Services and Technology Act. The SPL Food for Thought urban gardening program is one example of such a grant-funded program. For a breakdown of how federal census dollars have benefitted Massachusetts, see this handy guide. Want to see census stats for Somerville? Check out these Somerville Quick Facts from the Census Bureau.
This is the first census that can be completed online. Visit my2020census.gov to fill out the questionnaire online. Or, complete the census by phone. Complete the questionnaire now, and a census worker won't need to follow up with you later. Let's make Somerville count!