Your response helps determine Federal funds for schools and school lunches, Medicare and Medicaid, the subway and road repairs, firefighters and other emergency services, programs to prevent child abuse, SNAP food stamp programs and more.
You have until Wed., Sept. 30 to fill out the form and make an impact. Not just for NYC, but for the rest of NY State and the entire Tri-State region. And, of course, the entire nation.
Not only that, businesses use Census data to determine where they open stores and construct new apartment buildings and private homes.
Your response also determines how many seats NYC gets in Congress. Yes, each state has two Senators. But the number of seats each community gets is determined by the Census.
Currently, New York City has 26 elected officials in the House of Representatives.
Your participation in the Census could mean that changes to one less, one more, or stays the same.
Here is the official list of NY State Senators and NYC Congressional reps. Your participation in the US Census helps guarantee NYC keeps that number.
Simply, the US Census is a great deal more than a demographic survey.
Simply, your response determines what and where federal resources are allocated – and how you are represented in Congress.
So your response matters.
Your response matters. It means:
Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways.
The census can shape many different aspects of our community.
Respond online now:
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
Census results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
Besides, it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2.
The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
Who Should Respond to the US Census
The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the United States and its five territories – Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
One person should respond for each household or home.
That person must be at least 15 years old. They should live in the home or place of residence themselves and know general information about each person living there.
The US Census counts every person, whether or not you are a US citizen, here on a Green Card, or not.
It is especially important for immigrant communities to participate, to help get their fair share of Federal funding and Congressional representation.
Fabulous Facts About the US Census
The first Census, in 1790, counted just under 4 Million people.
In each of the 23 decennial censuses, New York City has been the most populous city.
The 10 most populous urban places in 2010 were:
- New York City (8,175,133);
- Los Angeles (3,792,621);
- Chicago (2,695,598); Houston (2,099,451);
- Philadelphia (1,526,006);
- Phoenix (1,445,632);
- San Antonio (1,327,407);
- San Diego (1,307,402);
- Dallas (1,197,816);
- San Jose (945,942).
All told, four cities have held the No. 2 spot behind New York: Chicago (10 times), Philadelphia (7), Los Angeles (3), and Baltimore (3
- The first Census, in 1790, counted just under 4 Million people. By the 2010 Census, the US population was just over 300 Million.