By Massachusetts General Law, all Massachusetts households receive an Annual Street Listing (Census) form in the mail in January of each year. Residents are urged to check the information contained on the form, make any necessary corrections, sign and return it to the Town Clerk’s Office in the enclosed envelope as soon as possible. The information should be current as of January 1st. Please return your census form even if there are no changes or if you will be moving after January 1st.
Anyone who does not receive a census form or moves into town after January should contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-456-4100, ext. 316, or click here to download a blank form.
Below are a few of the reasons why it is so important to return census forms:
- It is the law
- It is used to create the annual street list
- It is used to assist public safety and emergency responders
- It is used to apply for grants
- It is used to assist the Town and State in calculating state and federal aid
- It is used to project future school enrollment and costs
- It is used to create the voter list - if you are a voter and do not respond, you will be made inactive on the voting list
- It serves as proof of residency which residents need to qualify for veteran’s benefits, health care and in-state tuition at state schools
- Failure of residents to fill out and return census could lead to the state’s losing a representative in Congress as well as Federal funds
The Federal Census is taken every ten years and includes more detailed information. Please click here for demographic information from the 2010 Federal Census.