Census 2010

U.S. Census 2010

The census is a count of everyone living in the United States. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens. This count is made every 10 years and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The first Census was conducted in 1790 and has been carried out every 10 years since then.

Participation in the census is required by law. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Federal law protects the personal information you share during the census.

Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute $300 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year.

It is particularly important for every New Yorker to participate in the upcoming census.

  • New York lost two Congressional seats in 2000 and may lose two seats in the 2010 Census reapportionment.
  • In 2007, the City received $22 billion in federal funding in part based on census data.  That amounts to $2732 per person.   

The census counts all New Yorkers and doesn’t care about immigration status.

  • Information is not shared with other agencies.
  • Information is reported in terms of numbers, not names.
  • Information is kept confidential for 72 years.

The U.S. Census Bureau has created lesson plans, maps, teaching guides, and other informational materials to help teachers and students learn about the importance of the census. The DOE has compiled resources for educators. NYC.gov has also created a Census 2010 page for all New Yorkers, available in 19 different languages.

Here is a letter from Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein about the census that will be backpacked home during the week of March 15. Here is the letter translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.