Thank you, New York!

Thank you, New York, for participating in the 2010 census in record numbers!

The final tally for the mail portion of the 2010 census is as follows:

  • 67 percent of New Yorkers, or about five million households comprising 13 million people, returned their forms. That’s compared to 66 percent of households in 2000 and 62 percent in 1990.
  • 60 percent of New York City residents mailed back their forms, or about two million households comprising five million people. That’s compared to 57 percent in 2000. The Bronx and Manhattan each increased their participation rates by five percent over the 2000 census; Brooklyn and Queens by three percent each.
  • Half of the counties in New York matched or surpassed their mail participation rates from 2000.

New York achieved a high participation rate in spite of concerns that anti-government sentiment, anti-immigration fervor and a high rate of foreclosures would be obstacles to a successful census. New Yorkers took their responsibility to be counted seriously, and their participation will translate into better schools, hospitals and roads for their communities.

In a column written after the completion of the mail portion of the census, Secretary of State Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez noted that there are additional positive results that can be taken from a successful count:

No matter your political affiliation, ethnic background or where you live in the state, civic participation is important. It is critical that New Yorkers know what is going on in their communities and that they hold their elected officials accountable. However that participation is manifested – by voting, writing to an elected official or by filling out a census form – it is something that we should support and build upon in future years.

On behalf of the state of New York, thank you again for your participation in the 2010 census and making yourself count.

Here Come the Census Takers

Open the door to a census taker and open doors for your community.

Census takers – people from your community hired by the Census Bureau – are now going door-to-door collecting information from those who have not returned their 2010 census forms through the mail.

(The 13 million New Yorkers who already sent back their questionnaires – or a record 67 percent of the state’s population – will not receive a visit from a census taker.)

Here’s some information on census takers:

  • The Census Bureau provides the census taker with a binder containing addresses that didn’t send back a filled out census form. The census taker then visits those addresses and records the answers to the questions on the form.
  • Census takers always carry ID badges and never ask to enter your home. You can fill out a questionnaire with them standing at, or outside of, your front door.
  • If no one answers at a particular residence, a census taker will visit a home up to three times and attempt to reach the household by phone three times. The census worker will leave a double-sided (English and Spanish) Notice of Visit in the doorway that includes a phone number for the resident to schedule an appointment.
  • The census taker will ONLY ask the questions that appear on the census form.
  • Privacy and confidentiality is the Census Bureau’s priority. The census taker who collects your information is sworn for life to protect your data under federal law. Those who violate the oath face criminal penalties – a fine of up to $250,000, imprisonment for up to five years or both.

If you have any questions, call one of these numbers for assistance.

How Are We Doing So Far?

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have already mailed back their census forms (thank you!). And now we’re able to let you know how each county – and each census tract – is doing in terms of participation.

See how your community or census tract measures up as of April 14, 2010. To see nationwide results, go here.

Census Forms Arriving at Your Door! (Part 2)

Believe it or not, additional reminders about the census sent to your home actually save taxpayer money, as they increase mail-back rates and reduce the need to send people door to door, which is costly.

So why not just send out a second questionnaire? The Census Bureau is doing just that: if you live in an area with a historically low response rate, you’ll be getting another form in the mail the last week of March.

To see if you’re likely to receive a second form, click on the map below.

Questionnaire Assistance Centers Open

Questionnaire Assistance Centers
The Census is here to help – if you would like help filling out your form or if you didn’t get one in the mail. Click on the map to find a Questionnaire Assistance Center near you. 

They’re Here: Census Forms Arriving at Your Door!

Asking just 10 questions and taking about 10 minutes to complete, 2010 Census forms have begun arriving in 120 million mailboxes across the nation, including at more than 8 million homes in New York.

The Census Bureau estimates that if every household completed and mailed back their census form (remember, you can’t fill out the form online), taxpayers could reduce the cost of taking the census by $1.5 billion. The Census Bureau saves about $85 million in operational costs for every percentage point increase in the nation's participation rate by mail.

It costs the government just 42 cents for a postage paid envelope when a household mails back the form, but it costs $57 to send a census taker door-to-door to follow up with each household that fails to respond.

Go here if you need help filling out your household’s 2010 Census questionnaire or here if you have any other questions.

Remember: we can’t move forward until you mail it back.

Get a Job with the 2010 Census!

Syracuse: Corporate Drive, East Syracuse 13057. Phone: 315-218-1520. Census pay rate: $13.50/hour Bronx Northwest: West 230th St., Bronx, NY 10463. Phone: 347-284-0213. Census pay rate: $18.75/hour.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of census takers for the 2010 census, offering good pay, flexible hours and paid training. Best of all, census takers work right in their own communities.

Census taker jobs are available all across New York state and are excellent for people who want to work part-time, those who are between jobs or just about anyone who wants to earn extra money while performing an important service.

  • Hundreds of thousands are needed.
  • Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply.
  • Your community is counting on you.

Apply today by your local census office, by clicking on either of the maps above or by calling 1-866-861-2010.


A Message from President Obama

Continuning a White House tradition of strong support for the census dating back to 1790, President Barack Obama recorded a public service announcement encouraging participation this year’s count.

Click here to watch the President’s PSA and other messages on the importance of participating in the census.


A Message from Governor Paterson

Census 2010

The 2010 Census is a nationwide effort to count the more than 310 million people living in the United States – including the nearly 20 million residents of New York.

In March 2010, the Census Bureau will mail, or hand deliver, its shortest questionnaire ever to each American household – just 10 questions – that can be answered in less than 10 minutes.

  • It's Important: Census data affect funding & political representation for your community.
  • It's Easy: It only takes a few minutes to answer and return.
  • It's Safe: Responses are strictly confidential and protected by law.

**New From New York State**

Census posters, flyers and palm cards available for download.

Want to be a part of New York’s historic census effort? Spread the word about the upcoming count by printing out these materials and sharing them with friends, family and co-workers.