Boston Counts 2020

  • Boston depends on your household to respond so that our communities get their fair share of federal funding and representation for the resources we need. For every person not counted, nearly $2,400 per year for the next ten years is lost in federal funding.
  • Much of the funding that comes from the Census count helps the most vulnerable among us. It provides, for instance, health care (Medicare and Medicaid), public education (grants for special education and Boston Public Schools), food and nutrition programs (SNAP and free school breakfast/lunch programs), affordable housing (Section 8 vouchers), and child care (Head Start) for low-income families. See “Graphics” to pair an image with social media copy. 
  • The Census has never been more accessible. You can respond to the 2020 Census online (, over the phone, or by mail. You can respond to the 2020 Census online or over the phone in 13 different languages.
  • Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law.
    Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The Census Bureau can’t share your personal information with DHS, law enforcement, or your landlord until 72 years have passed. It won’t affect any public benefits you receive.

The 2020 Census is a way to directly increase community power. It will impact our daily lives for the next 10 years. Many of Boston’s communities are at risk of an under count. We need a complete and accurate count because all of Boston deserves to be seen, heard, and invested in.