69% City census response rate: Each year the City is required by law to conduct a local census and last year nearly 70% of households responded. While that’s a pretty good response rate, we always want to get as many completed census forms as possible. The annual census helps us maintain the voter rolls and have up-to-date population numbers, which are helpful for things like planning for resource allocation. There are also federal, state, and grant funding sources that use population information, so having an accurate count ensures Somerville is getting its fair share.
Read the rest of the column in the Somerville Times.