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Census 2020 in Massachusetts: 2020 Census - Start here

Start here to learn what you need to know.

The 2020 Census will impact local libraries and we want Massachusetts libraries to be ready to meet local needs. 

  1. The 2020 Census will be offered online for the first time, and by phone and in paper form. This will be a challenge due to issues around the digital divide and technology fluency. 
    Libraries are often the only place in a community with reliable internet connectivity and access to computers. Libraries can start to think about how they can prepare for an uptick in demand for library technology by residents, including non-card holders. Likewise, libraries can start planning how they will handle an increase in technology use for census response, for example designating a computer or mobile device as an express station for census response. 
     
  2. There will be ten questions, which should take no more than ten minutes. There will not be a question about citizenship. Click here to see a Sample Copy of the 2020 Census Questionnaire
     
  3. April 1, 2020 is Census Day! It's not too late to start planning and working with a local complete count group. 

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