Boston Counts 2020
We will work to ensure every resident in Boston is counted, because every resident in Boston counts. We'll continue to add more information to this page about the census as we receive it.Please note:
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Much of the funding that comes from the Census count helps the most vulnerable among us. It provides health care, education, food and nutrition programs, housing, and child care for low-income families:
The Census has a big impact on the services Boston and its neighborhoods receive. This is why we need an equitable and complete count.
"Hard to Count" tracts are defined as tracts with 2010 mail return rates of 73% or less. That puts them in the bottom 20 percent of return rates nationwide.
Boston has the largest total number of people in Massachusetts living in Hard to Count tracts. Nearly 415,000, or 63% people, were Hard to Count in 2014.
- People living in “group quarters” (for example, college dorms, residential treatment centers, nursing homes)
- Renters or those who move frequently
- Recent immigrants
- Populations that speak little or no English
- Children under age 5
- People with lower incomes or lower educational attainment
Fill out the Census today! Make sure to include everyone in your household on one single form. You can do it online or over the phone in 13 different languages.
Our population is ever-changing and especially hard to count. Boston depends on everyone to participate and be counted so that the Census accurately reflects the diverse populations that call our City home.