2020 Census Report Card for the Berkshires
The 2020 Census is underway. The government updates the response rate to the Census regularly. The online report of the response rate can be broken down my state, county and some cases city and town breakdowns are also available.
The report from September 17th listed Massachusetts trending above the nation average. The current national response rate is 66.0% compared to Massachusetts 68.5%. The breakdown for Berkshire County is lagging behind the state’s average with a percentage of 62.6% and the national average.
The only two Berkshire cities that are listed on the census tracking page are North Adams and Pittsfield. Pittsfield is right in line with the state average at 68.5% and North Adams is just above Berkshire County’s overall score with 63.5%. However, lagging behind Pittsfield and the overall state’s percentage of citizenship responding to the census as of last Thursday.
The Constitution mandates that the country conduct a count of its population every 10 years. The Census first counted the population in 1790. The 2020 Census marks the 24th time the Census has been conducted.
Everyone living in the county and its five territories is required by law to be counted in the 202 Census. You can complete the census online, over the phone or by mail without having to meet with a census taker. Click here if you have any questions regarding the 2020 Census.
According to the Census website, the census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.