"If we don't make an accurate count we are only hurting ourselves," Caulfield said.
Census figures are used by the government to award $300 billion in money to states, cities and towns every year. Additionally, the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives is based on Census numbers. Early projections show that Massachusetts is poised to lose one of its 10 seats in the House.
"We don't want to lose the Fifth Congressional District," Caulfield added.
Yesterday morning, U.S. Census Bureau and city officials met at City Hall with business, religious, and community leaders to explain the process and importance of the Census and how they can assist."