Census/Street Listing

The City of Chelsea sends out an annual census in January/February of each year. Your response to the Annual Census is important. The census data is used by the School Department to verify residency and project class sizes. Our Public Safety Departments use this information when providing critical services to the residents. Also, many state and federal government agencies depend upon this data in determining funding for our schools, roads, and eligibility for important grants, all which affects our local tax rate.

According to state law, failure to respond to the mailing shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls, so please return your census. Each form is bar-coded so that it can be scanned into the statewide network. However, if you are new to Chelsea or have misplaced yours, you may also access a blank form here. Please note, for residents who live in multi-unit buildings with more than eight (8) units, your landlord or management company is legally required to provide census data to our office for all residents of the building (M.G.L. Ch. 51 Sec. 10A). 

You cannot register to vote on your census; however, if you are a registered voter and do not answer the census, every voter in your family will be made an inactive voter and will not be allowed to vote until they visit the clerk’s office to fill out necessary paperwork. You may register to vote by mail or in person at any town/city hall in Massachusetts. You can also register to vote at the Registry of Motor Vehicles or online.

The Annual Street List of Residents is available in the City Clerk’s office for a fee of $15.

For information regarding redistricting and voting, please visit here