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URGENT: Our Response Rate is Low!

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Deadline: September 30, 2020

National self-response rate:

New York City self-response rate:

Check out your own community:
New York local self-response maps from the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center


IMPORTANT UPDATE: COVID -19 Operations and the Census

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted dramatically the U.S. Census Bureau’s schedule of operations for Census 2020, particularly for operations that would typically involve in-person contact with households.  Thus, the Bureau has made adjustments that affect several critical phases and activities of the decennial enumeration.

The U.S. Census – constitutionally mandated since 1790 – is being truncated.
Attempts to reach unresponsive homes were supposed to continue through the end of October, but now the population count will wrap up on September 30.
Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham announced that despite asking for a four-month extension in May to complete the 2020 Census given the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau will stop collecting household data on September 30 instead of October 31 as previously announced.  The Bureau will now rush to complete the census by the September 30 deadline. This deadline will apply to field data collection and self-responses by mail, phone or online. See: Press Release

Updates on Census 2020 operations resuming by location are available at This webpage will be updated weekly.

We continue to highlight the need for everyone to self-respond to the Census now. You can self-respond to the census online at over the phone in English by dialing 844-330-2020 or in Spanish at 844-468-2020

A large number of organizations and stakeholders in New York including CUNY and NALEO Educational Fund, are working hard to ensure a successful census.  Now, the easiest way to make sure we are all counted is through the self-response process either  online, by phone, or by mail.  Emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic are precisely why it is important for our federal government to have accurate and complete census data, which informs decisions.  



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What is the Census and Why is it Important?
The U.S. Census takes place every 10 years to take a snapshot of America. The Census is mandated by our Constitution (Article 1, Section 2), and administered by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The goal of the decennial census, is to count every person who lives in the United States. This means that the Census counts people of all ages, races, birth origin, immigration status living in the United States, including people living in the five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Why Should I Participate?
Historically, New York City has experienced significant undercounts of its population, particularly in communities of color. This means New York City has historically been undercounted and didn’t get its fair share of funding and representation. Let’s make sure you count!

How Can I Participate?
Census day is April 1, 2020. Between March 2020 through April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the Census.  Regardless of how you respond, the questions are the same and the confidentiality of the information is protected under the law. By you responding and taking the initiative, your voice counts!  You can respond online, by phone or by paper. The Census will be conducted between mid-March and the end of July.

Check out the Census Bureau for paid job opportunities so you can work within your community to encourage a complete and full count. Apply online at  The hourly rate for census takers in New York City is $28.00 an hour. Most job offers will be made between January and April 2020. Paid training will be conducted between March and mid-May. From May through July, census takers will help collect responses from households that have not yet responded to the census.

Census Interactive Response Rate Maps