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Census Bureau Statement on Coronavirus and the 2020 Census



The Cape Cod Complete Count Committee is a partnership of local, regional, state, and federal officials working to ensure the best, most accurate count for the federal 2020 Census. 

With less than a year before the 2020 Federal Census, the Cape Cod Commission, the Town of Barnstable, and Barnstable County are partnering to coordinate a Complete Count Committee for Cape Cod - working to ensure that all residents are correctly counted.

Census 2020 Timeline

How are Census data used? 

Census data is used in many ways, including determining the distribution of more then $674 billion annually in federal funds back to tribal, state, and local governments; redistricting of state legislative districts; forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population; and determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans. 

The Complete Count Committee Guide lists 50 ways that Census data is used throughout the country.

What is a Complete Count Committee? 

The Complete Count Committee program is key to creating awareness in our communities. These Committees: 

  • utilize local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate communities and promote the census through locally-based, targeted outreach efforts
  • provide a vehicle for coordinating cooperative efforts between tribal, state, and local governments; communities; and the Census Bureau
  • help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations 

What are Hard to Count populations?

hard to count census tracts

The darker Census tracts were in the bottom 20% nationally for mail response rates in 2010.

These populations are hard to interview (highly mobile, people experiencing homelessness, physical access barriers such as gated communities); hard to persuade (participation hindered by language barriers, low literacy, lack of internet access); hard to contact (suspicious of the government, low levels of civic engagement); or hard to locate (housing units not in our frame or people wanting to remain hidden). 

Cape Cod's hard to count populations include seniors/snowbirds, immigrant communities, homeless and low income individuals, people living in group housing, renters and young adults, and people with disabilities.

A Census tract is generally considered hard to count if its self-response rate from the 2010 Census mailing was 73% or less. 

How Can I Get Involved? 

Regional subcommittee meetings are open to the public. For information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, or for suggestions for Census outreach, please email Jennifer Clinton, Community Development Planner, at

Additional Resources

Complete Count Committee Overview | Complete Count Committee Guide | Subcommittee Resources 

Census Awareness Posters for Download

Videos of Trainings for Cape Cod Complete Count Committee: September 11 | November 13

Census Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) | Massachusetts 2020 Census Planner (Low Response Scoring)

Public Service Announcement Toolkit

Stories Behind the Numbers: Counting People in Rural and Remote Places

This video combines five PSAs into one easy-to-understand story about the 2020 Census. Watch this to learn what the 2020 Census is, how data are used and secured, how it affects representation, and how you can complete it.


  • Jose Da Cunha, Census Partnership Specialist
  • Pedro Dejesus, Census Partnership Specialist

Additional Resources

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For more information contact the Cape Cod Commission, P.O. Box 226, 3225 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630 or at (508)362-3828
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