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The 2020 Census Starts Now!

Starting March 12th, households around the country will receive their 2020 Census mailers with a unique code to complete the survey online. Now is the time to #MakeBrooklynCount — 100%!

Completing the form online at, by phone, or by mail is the fastest way to ensure that your community gets the resources and representation it deserves over the next 10 years. 

Things to Remember When Filling Out the Census

Everyone Counts: If you are filling out the Census for your home or apartment unit, count everyone who is currently living with you, including any children, extended family members, foster children, friends, roommates, or sub-tenant who live and sleep there most of the time.

There Is No Citizenship Question: Thanks to immigrant rights advocates, the Supreme Court denied the Trump Administration's attempts to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census. The survey will not ask your status. 

Your Response Is Required by LawIf you do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person to collect your response. Starting in May, Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census. Learn more about how to avoid fraud or scams.

Your Answers Are Protected: The Census Bureau is bound by law to keep your information confidential, and cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies.  

What Happens Next: The Census Bureau uses your response to generate statistics about your community, which impacts the next decade in three ways:
  • Data: Businesses rely on the data to make decisions that will bring new amenities or jobs to communities.
  • Dollars: Responses determine government funding allocated to schools, transportation, education, public health, and infrastructure.
  • Districting: Population data is used to draw new electoral districts and informs the number of elected officials each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

More Resources:

Take a Census Selfie!

Help get the word out about why the Census matters so much for our communities. Share how you #MakeBrooklynCount with a selfie on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. 
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Liane Stegmaier

Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)