Only 56% of your income?

Would you be OK with only 56% of your income?  Would you be OK with having electricity only 56% of the time?  What about garbage pick-ups? Healthcare?   

As of today,  56.4%  of households in NYC have completed the census and we need everyone’s help to raise our response rate.  It’s not too late to respond.  If everyone who already completed the census also got a friend, neighbor, or family member to complete it, we would already be at 100%!  


  • Do you know someone who left NYC due to Covid-19? Contact them and make sure they counted themselves at their New York City address, where they live most of the time. 
  • Encourage 100% participation from your coworkers or extended family.  
  • Know someone who speaks English as a new language?  Forward them 2020 Census information in their own language to answer their questions and encourage self-response.  
  • Promote 2020 Census and share how the census is safe, easy and important on your social media.  
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Hi students, we still have time to encourage other New Yorkers!

From surveying you, our own students (and receiving the confirmation of completion of the Census Questionnaire), we found the following results. The results are really great compared to the NYS and NYC response rates. (As of 6/25/20 from Response Rates)

Total PopulationPositive ResponsePercentage
US Adult Literacy28026494%
New York City52.7%
New York State57.1%

We would like to applaud your active participation. However, it’s a still long way to go for NYC’s active participation. Please tell three people (family and friends) to get counted by completing the Census Questionnaire because we can self-respond until 7/31. After that, Census takers will start visiting people’s places of residence.

How the Census Benefits Your Community

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

from Why We Conduct the Decennial Census
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Census Girl

The library is full. People from all over the world are united by their love of learning. Suddenly, there’s a WHOOSH… It’s CensusGirl! She’s here just in time to tell the truth about the census and why it is so important to all immigrant New Yorkers. Hold on to your seat and watch the show!

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Did you complete the 2020 Census?

Do you know that New York City’s self-response rate was approximately 62%, compared to 76%, the approximate national average, in the 2010 Census?

This means that New York City has already been significantly undercounted compared to the rest of the United States and we have had fewer and less hospitals, schools, roads, affordable housing, nutrition programs, and other federally funded basic services. 

If you think we need to change the underrepresentation for our future, please join us at!

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What Is the Census? [Updated with Spanish!]

College and Career Readiness student Lifen (Stephanie) tells us all about the Census in English and Chinese!:

What is the Census?

      The Census counts every person living in the United States. It only happens every ten years. The census determines : 1. Hundreds of billions in federal funds for public education, health care, affordable housing, infrastructure, and more. 2. The number of seats New York has in Congress.3. How we make important decisions about local policy, emergency services, transportation, healthcare , and more , based on accurate data. That’s why we need all New Yorkers to get counted. If more New Yorkers respond in 2020, we would see more money for our schools, for healthcare, and for the programs and services we rely on every day.

       NEW YORK CITY NEEDS YOU TO GET COUNTED! Please keep in mind that billions of dollars for our hospitals and schools depend on every New Yorker completing the Census. The form will not ask any questions about immigration status, your social security number, or any financial information, and all of your answers are completely confidential. It’s very important to respond to the Census either by phone ( Mandarin: 844-391-2020 Cantonese: 844-398-2020 English: 844-330-2020) or by online as soon as possible. That way you won’t have to worry about a Census Bureau employee knocking on your door.




¿Qué es el censo?

El censo cuenta a todas las personas que viven en los Estados Unidos. Solo sucede cada diez años. El censo determina: 1. Cientos de miles de millones en fondos federales para educación pública, atención médica, vivienda asequible, infraestructura y más. 2. El número de escaños que Nueva York tiene en el Congreso. 3. Cómo tomamos decisiones importantes sobre políticas locales, servicios de emergencia, transporte, atención médica y más, en base a datos precisos. Por eso necesitamos que todos los neoyorquinos sean contados. Si más neoyorquinos responden en 2020, recibiríamos más dinero para nuestras escuelas, para la atención médica y para los programas y servicios en los que confiamos todos los días.

¡LA CIUDAD DE NUEVA YORK NECESITA QUE SEA CONTADO! Tenga en cuenta que miles de millones de dólares para nuestros hospitales y escuelas dependen de que cada neoyorquino complete el censo. El formulario no hará preguntas sobre el estado de inmigración, su número de seguro social o cualquier información financiera, y todas sus respuestas son completamente confidenciales. Es muy importante responder al censo por teléfono (Mandarín: 844-391-2020, Cantonés: 844-398-2020, Español: 844-468-2020 e Inglés: 844-330-2020) o en el sitio web: lo antes posible. De esa manera no tendrá que preocuparse de que un empleado de la Oficina del Censo toque su puerta.

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