2020 Census

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2020 Census

A complete and accurate census count is critical to the future of New York. The 2020 Census will determine how more than $650 billion in federal funds for public education, public housing, public transit, and more gets distributed annually throughout the country. It will also determine the number of seats each state is allocated in the House of Representatives (and thus, the Electoral College). Based on current estimates, an undercount could cost the State of New York up to two congressional seats.

New York’s participation in the 2020 Census faces a number of challenges:

  • Digital census forms: It is the first online census (though some households will still receive a traditional paper census form), and some residents may not have ready access to the Internet in their home.
  • Language barriers: New York’s diverse immigrant populations mean that information about the census — and the form itself — must be accessible in a variety of languages.
  • Fear and misinformation: With a federal government openly hostile to immigrant populations, many residents will need assurance that it is safe to participate in the census.

NYPIRG’s 2020 Census Complete Count Campaign is working to ensure that all New Yorkers get counted in the 2020 Census. From Western and Central New York, to the Hudson Valley, to Long Island, we are reaching out to residents and students through informational tables, local events, community presentations, and the media. In the five boroughs, we are a proud partner of the New York City Complete Count Fund, coordinating our Get Out the Count efforts with the City and over 150 community organizations. Our efforts are centered around direct community interactions to encourage New Yorkers to self-respond to the census.

For more information about this campaign, please call (212) 822-0299 or email census@nypirg.org.

Census Outreach Activities & Events

NYPIRG will be conducting community outreach activities and holding events in order to raise awareness about and promote participation in the 2020 Census. Please check back frequently, as this list is in formation and will be regularly updated. Contact us at (212) 822-0299 or census@nypirg.org for more information or to get involved/attend. Thank you!

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