Town, national census scheduled for 2020

Jan 7, 2020

This year, residents can expect to receive a census from both the town and the federal government. Wareham conducts a Town Census each year, while the Federal Government does so every ten years.

The Annual Town Census is used to confirm residency and keep voter registration status up to date, whereas the United States Census is used to determine representation in Congress.

The Town Clerk’s Office does not conduct the Federal Census.

Residents can expect to receive the Town Census, which is typically a one-page document, in the mail in early January, and should be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office. Residents who do not respond to the Town Census may receive an Inactivity Notice in June. 

In March, the United States Census will be sent out by mail, and residents will be asked to complete it online. Those who do not respond will be sent a second notice which can be returned by mail. If the Census Bureau still does not receive a response, a census worker will visit the residence.

The Town Clerk’s Office reminds residents that it is important to return both the Annual Town Census and the 2020 United States Census.

Those with questions about the Annual Town Census should call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-291-3100, ext. 3142.

Those with questions about the 2020 United States Census may call The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Census Division at 1-833-MA1-2020.