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It’s time to BE COUNTED.

The 2020 Census is officially underway, and right now, it’s time for all New Yorkers, regardless of citizenship status, to get involved!

Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Census takes a count of every person in the country once every 10 years. But the Census is more than just a count—Census information is used to determine the City’s fair share of approximately $650 billion in federal funds for public education, public housing, infrastructure, and more, as well as the number of representatives New York State has in Congress.

Because so much is at stake, it’s incredibly important for all New Yorkers to participate in this year’s Census. Thankfully, this year’s online survey tool makes filling out a Census easier than ever. In about 10 minutes, you can make sure that you and your family are counted at

Participating in the 2020 Census is also safe—all responses are, confidential, protected by law, and cannot be used against you in any way. The Census does not ask about immigration status, income, or your social security number.

For more information about the 2020 Census, visit the official U.S. Census website, or check out the City’s NYC Census 2020 page.

Don’t delay; make sure you are counted today, and don’t forget to count EVERYONE in your home, including visitors, foster children, and infants to people who were not born in the U.S. Remember: we all need to be counted!

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NYC Department of Education, 2019