The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
Some of the following important programs rely on Census data, that means New York residents need to respond and be counted: Disaster recovery grants, funding for public transit systems — including buses, subways, commuter rail, & bicycle/pedestrian programs — and Unemployment Insurance.
Starting August 11, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau began following-up with households nationwide that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Based on the current national self-response rate of 63.3% (the County of New York self-response rate currently sits at 56%), the Census Bureau estimates it will need to visit about 56 million addresses to collect responses in person. Up to 500,000 census takers across the country will go door to door to assist people in responding to the 2020 Census.
In most cases, Census workers will make up to six attempts at each housing unit address to count possible residents. This includes leaving notification of the attempted visit on the door. The notification will include reminder information on how to respond online, by paper or by phone. In addition, Census workers may try to reach the household by phone to conduct the interview.
Census takers will go to great lengths to ensure that no one is missed in the census. After exhausting their efforts to do an in-person interview with a resident of an occupied housing unit, they will seek out proxy sources — a neighbor, a rental agent, a building manager or some other knowledgeable person familiar with the housing unit — to obtain as much basic information about the occupants as they can.
Count the number of people living at your address on April 1, 2020. Both New York City and your neighborhood are depending on you for an accurate community count!
Get counted! It’s quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete: https://www.census.gov/