2020 Annual Town Census Form


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TOWN OF NEEDHAM

TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE

PLEASE HELP US TO COMPLETE THE 2020 ANNUAL TOWN CENSUS

AND RETURN YOUR CENSUS WITHIN TEN DAYS…..

The Town Clerk’s Office will be sending out the 2020 Annual Census by mail during the first part of the New Year.  This census package also includes information of the 2020 Unites States Federal census and a dog license application for those dog owners who sometimes forget to license their pooch!

            The Board of Registrars is required by State Statute to verify and update the name, address, age and occupation of all residents 3 years of age and up in preparation for the Annual Street List which includes all residents age 17 and over.  The Board is also required under State Statute to prepare a listing of dogs owned by each resident.   Compliance with this State Statute provides proof of residence to protect voting rights, veterans’ bonus, housing for the elderly and related benefits as well as providing information for the selection of jurors.  The census form DOES NOT REGISTER YOU TO VOTE.  If you are a registered voter, failure to answer this annual census may result in the voter’s name being removed from the voting list. 

            While the Street List is primarily used to update the voting list, statistics on children are taken for the School Committee providing data on current enrollment as well as present and future school population. (NOTE: The Future School Needs Committee uses the annual census information to help project future enrollment and space needs.  The Committee requests that parents review the form carefully to ensure each child is reported and all dates of birth are accurate.  Thank you) The Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Technicians also use the Street list as an aid in the daily performance of their duties as well as other municipal departments.  And don’t forget the U.S. Veteran category.  Please respond with Yes or No in the column indicated.

            A full and accurate count of all residents is very important for many reasons including the basis for allocation of State and Federal Funds.  As you can see, it is essential that the forms be returned as soon as possible in order to update the census data and compile the annual census reports.  Even a few late returns hold up completion of the new street list, as well as the up-to-date voting list.  Follow-up is costly and may include a second mailing, telephone and/or police visitation.  Please help us to avoid these additional census costs! 

            If any resident has questions pertaining to the census form or would like a mail-in voter registration application, please call the Town Clerk’s Office for assistance at (781) 455-7500 x 216, 218, 219, 252.  Forms may be returned by mail or hand delivered to the Town Clerk’s Office at 1471 Highland Avenue and…...

THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE A FEDERAL CENSUS MAILED TO YOU IN MARCH

BY THE U. S. CENSUS BUREAU.

The 2020 United States Census is performed every 10 years and is separate from the Needham Annual Street Listing. This annual street listing document is used to confirm your residency and keep your voter registration status up to date. It is important to return both your Annual Street Listing and the United States Census in 2020.

The 2020 Census count will be used to ensure that Needham and Massachusetts get its fair share of federal money and political representation for the next 10 years. Representation in the United States Congress and the Electoral College is based on United States Census responses.

Frequently Asked Questions about the U.S. Census:

Q: What is the United States Census?    A: The census is a count of everyone living in the United States. This mandatory count is required by the U.S. Constitution.

Q: Who gets counted?    A: Everyone. All people residing in the United States must be counted. This includes people of all ages, background -- citizens and non-citizens. Federal law protects the personal information you provide during the census.

Q: When will the census happen?   A: March 2020. The United States Census is conducted every 10 years. Census invitations will be mailed or delivered to every household in the nation starting in mid-March. The survey will ask you to provide information that is accurate for your household or where you reside most of the year, as of April 1, 2020.