UPDATE August 2020: The U.S. Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30, a month earlier than previously announced. Help your community—respond today because we need you to make Brooklyn Count 100%!
The Census is a count of every person in the United States, and takes place every 10 years. The 2020 Census is now underway—respond online or by phone at (844-330-2020). The Census determines federal funding for education, healthcare, public housing and our parks, as well as our number of representatives in Congress. It’s essential that every New Yorker is counted, and our voices are heard.
- The count of each New Yorker represents $3,000 in federal funding each year, and our fair share of over $650 billion is at stake.
- If we are undercounted, our community could lose up to two seats in Congress, which means less of our voice in Washington on decisions that affect our future.
- In the 2010 Census, the response rate in Brooklyn was only 44%, while the national average was 76%. We lost vital federal funding—we can’t let that happen again.
- The Census is safe and secure—it will not ask for the following information: social security number, political beliefs or financial information. All information you share is kept confidential and protected by law.
Make a pledge to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census, and find resources for more information on the Census, volunteering and employment opportunities below.