On Monday, April 26, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin announced the results of the US Census and its impact on Massachusetts. At the press conference, Galvin stated that the MA population increased by 7.4% from 2010, with a new number of 7.029 million.
That growth of almost 500,000 shows a shift in population towards eastern MA. The significant message is that MA will retain its current 9 congressional seats in Congress. Each of the congressional districts represents about 781,102 residents. This is certainly good news for Massachusetts.
In 2020, The Arc of Massachusetts led a coordinated effort to raise awareness of completing the census within the disability community – a population defined by the US Census Bureau as “Hard-to-Count.” Even though the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affected outreach work, our efforts included multiple webinars, a series of newsletters, Massachusetts- and disability-specific fact sheets and infographics, text banking, social media days of action, and more.
Thank you to all members of our community who took part in any of these above efforts – and to those who did the most important thing of all: completed their census!