WHAT IS THE CENSUS?
The Constitution requires a count of the population every ten years to determine the number of seats each State has in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade, which in turn affects the number of Electoral College votes each State receives. For Belmont, the stakes are high: the allocation of more than $880 billion per year in federal funding for neighborhood improvements, public health, education, social services, transportation and more will flow from the census count.
WHAT'S NEW FOR 2020?
Historically, the census has relied on mailed paper questionnaires and temporary field staff going door-to-door in neighborhoods and communities to count the population. The 2020 Census is the first time that the census will offer an online response option. You will be mailed information on how to respond online in March.