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March 30, 2020

Focusing on the 2020 Census

Moving efforts online ahead of Census Day

By Gina Perille

The team at the Institute has been working with its closest neighbors on Columbia Point to increase awareness of and engagement in the 2020 United States Census. We and our partners at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and Massachusetts Archives & Commonwealth Museum have been collaborating on a series of Census efforts this year. We have incorporated Census content and conversation into our existing civic education programs and convenings, and added special Census moments and features with key audiences.

The arrival of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency has understandably curtailed our collective in-person efforts. This week, you will see us increase our online conversation about the Census. Our goal is to inspire the people in our networks to not only respond to the Census, but to encourage others to do the same.

Help us spread the word – in anticipation of national Census Day on April 1st and beyond – by sharing this blog post or one of our upcoming #2020Census posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Every engagement matters. Every person matters. Let’s all be counted.

The 2020 Census will shape the future of communities for the next ten years: the results determine where $675 billion of federal funding goes, how many seats each state has in the House of Representatives, and much more.

Participating in the Census is one of the most civic and least partisan activities in which each of us can engage.

To get a sense in real time how the Census is progressing, have a look at the interactive map below. This is the 2020 Self-Response by State from the U.S. Census Bureau; it is updated daily, shows the national response rate, and will display each individual state’s percentage. Use the drop-down box under “Select State” to see how your home state and others are performing.


The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic education organization in Boston envisioned by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Through a range of exhibits, interactive educational offerings, and topical programs, the Institute engages students and visitors in a conversation about the essential role each person plays in our democracy and in our society.