Get Counted

Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government undertakes a census of the U.S. population to determine the allocation of seats held by each state in the House of Representatives. An accurate census count is also vital to obtain federal funding for projects in Amherst and the region. The next federal census is April 1, 2020. 

  1. Everyone counts, Amherst is the 9th hardest to count City/Town in Massachusetts;
  2. It’s about Fair Representation;
  3. It’s in the Constitution;
  4. Your data are confidential;
  5. It’s about redistricting;
  6. It means $675 billion in federal funding, $16 billion for Massachusetts or $2,372 per person. 

2020 Census is happening now! You can respond online, by phone at (844) 330-2020 , or by mail. 

2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

The 2020 Census is underway and households across America are responding every day. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:

  • Protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the American public.
  • Implement guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.
  • Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
  • New self-response deadline is September 30, 2020

2020 Census: What to Expect at Your Door

In March and April, each household will be mailed information about taking the 2020 census survey online, by phone or mail. For those who do not complete their survey, census takers will visit households in August.

Census takers will never ask you for your:

  • citizenship status, social security number, mother’s maiden name, money, donations, bank or credit card information.
  • Nor will they send unsolicited emails requesting your participation in the census.

Census takers will:

  • ask you for your date of birth and the date of birth for all people living at the residence.
  • have a government issued Department of Commerce ID badge with their name, photograph, Department of Commerce watermark,  and an expiration date
  • carry an official bag and Census Bureau-issued device such as a laptop or smart phone with a Census Bureau logo

If you are unsure if the person works for the Census Bureau, you can call 1-800-992-3530 (then press 0) or visit: https://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/main/email.cgi to verify their employment with the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau also conducts a variety of surveys throughout the year that require a census employee to visit homes. Even if you completed your 2020 census survey, a census employee may also visit your home to collect information for the American Community Survey (ACS), American Housing Survey (AHS), and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).


Questions? Contact us

Shavena Martin

Email or (413) 259-3035

Athena O’Keeffe

Email or (413) 259-3209

Brianna Sunryd 

Email or (413) 259-3031

Census Response Rates in Amherst