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.