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Census 2020 – Brooklyn needs you to respond!

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Please support ongoing efforts to make sure every NYC resident fills out a 2020 Census form online or in person. As of late-August, only 53.7% of Brooklyn residents have responded to the 2020 Census. We need to get to 100%. Now, more than ever, it is so vital for every Brooklyn resident to be counted so that our Borough gets the federal support and resources we need to recover from Covid-19 and to thrive in the future! Visit or call 844-330-2020 to get counted. Online responses can be submitted in English as well as 12 other languages. For resources to help promote the Census, visit New York Counts 2020. Let’s make sure everyone does their part to Make Brooklyn Count 100%!

COVID-19 & Census 2020

The Census Bureau is adapting or delaying some of our operations to protect the health and safety of our staff and the public and make sure we get the same population counted another way. The 2020 Census is underway and households across America are responding every day. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:

  • Protect the health and safety of Census employees and the American public.
  • Implement guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.
  • Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.

Click here to read March 28, 2020 Press Release from the U.S. Census Bureau detailing operational changes due to Covid-19. Should any additional adjustment become necessary, the Census Bureau will promptly publish the change in an updated document.

Learn More about Census 2020

Are you interested in why the Census asks the questions is does? Check out this handout for information. Visit to learn more! And as a reminder, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

Additionally, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

To report fraud, call 800-923-8282 or visit website:


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the 2020 Census?
    The goal of the census is to count every person living in the United States, once, only once and in the right place. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this population and housing count occur every 10 years. Census data guide how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
  2. Am I required to respond to the 2020 Census?
    Yes, you are required by law to respond to the 2020 Census (Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141 and 193). We are conducting the 2020 Census under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141, 193 and 221. This collection of information has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The eight-digit OMB approval number is 0607-1006. If this number were not displayed, we could not conduct the census.
  3. Are my answers confidential and private?
    Yes. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy. Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information. Violating the confidentiality of a respondent is a federal crime with serious penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Only authorized individuals have access to the stored data, and the information you provide to the Census Bureau may only be used by a restricted number of authorized individuals who are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of your individual responses. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. For more information about how we protect your information, please visit our website at and click on “Data Protection and Privacy Policy” at the bottom of the home page. This page also includes information about the collection, storage, and use of these records. Click on “System of Records Notices (SORN)” and look for Privacy Act System of Records Notice COMMERCE/CENSUS-5, Decennial Census Program.
  4. Who should complete the 2020 Census questionnaire?
    This 2020 Census questionnaire should be completed by the person who owns or rents the living quarters or any other person who is at least 15 years of age with knowledge of the household.
  5. How do I change my answers?
    For questions where you must choose a single response from a list, clicking another response will change your answer to that response. If it is a “select all that apply” question, you may click on a selected check box to unselect the box and remove it as one of your answers.
  6. How long will the 2020 Census questionnaire take?
    The Census Bureau estimates that completing the questionnaire will take 10 minutes on average.
  7. How will the Census Bureau use the information I provide?
    By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics.
  8. Is it safe to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire online?
    Yes. For each online questionnaire, we are required to provide an explanation to respondents about the confidentiality of the data and the laws that protect those data (e.g., Title 13, U.S. Code Section 9 (a)). Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy, even in the remote chance that your responses are intercepted. More information on this topic can be found on the Data Protection and Privacy Policy webpage (
  9. Will the results be published?
    Yes. By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. The Census Bureau plans to make results of this study available to the general public. Results will be presented in aggregate form and no personally identifiable information will be published. Information quality is an integral part of the pre-dissemination review of the information disseminated by the Census Bureau (fully described in the Census Bureau’s Information Quality Guidelines at Information quality is also integral to the information collection conducted by the Census Bureau and is incorporated into the clearance process by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
  10. Do I have to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire for my household members?
    Yes, you will be asked to provide information for each household member.

Let’s Make NYC & Brooklyn Count!

Get counted today! In 2010, only 62% of New Yorkers filled out their Census forms. As a result, New York City has been losing out on funds for schools, roads, hospitals, and other essential services for the past decade. As of August 2020, here are the response rates for the Census:
Staten Island: 62.2%
Manhattan: 58.2%
Bronx: 58.1%
Queens: 58%
Brooklyn: 53.7%
Look at where we stand with the Census; of the five boroughs in New York City, we have the lowest response rates. I am asking for your help in making a difference for our communities not just for now, but for the next 10 years. All it takes is 10 minutes for 10 questions. If you’ve completed the Census already, please pass it on to 10 people you know.
Here are three additional ways you can help:
Brooklyn Census Community Walks 
Join the NYC Census Brooklyn Team as they go to low self-response Census tracts within neighborhoods in Brooklyn and help residents complete the census. Sign up here.
Census Subways 
The NYC Census 2020 Brooklyn Team will go to high trafficked subway stations in undercounted areas to distribute masks and help residents complete the Census. This will be supported by the MTA, volunteers, and other partners to complete counts. Join us at your local station! Sign up here.
Brooklyn Final Count Down Phonebank
On September 24th, the Brooklyn Census Team will host its final phone banking session to reach those Brooklynites who have yet to fill out the Census. This will be a spectacular event that will be supported by volunteers, partners, and elected officials. Brooklyn will show up and show out the count. Sign up here today and help #MakeBrooklynCount!
What this COVID-19 crisis has taught us is that we are all in this together, looking out for each other. We can do it with the Census too. Make it happen, Brooklyn. Together we can #MakeBrooklynCount.
Click here to complete the Census now.

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