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