THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!
100 Days Left to Complete the Census
The 2020 Census count will conclude on October 31—that’s less than 100 days to make sure each and every New Yorker is counted. The national self-response rate is hovering around 62%, but in New York City, only 53.8% of households have responded. Within NYC, Brooklyn (Kings County) has the lowest self-response rate at 51.3%.
The Census Bureau will launch its non-response follow-up (NRFU) operation in early August. It is more important than ever to increase self-response. When people do not respond to the census taker visit, enumerators may solicit responses from a proxy source (neighbors), and the Bureau will have to rely more on administrative records (Social Security, IRS records), and the creation of data through statistical means, none of which truly reflects the diversity of our neighborhoods. When fewer people are missed, Brooklyn has a better shot at its fair share of services and political representation.
Areas of Brooklyn with the lowest self-response rates include: Brighton & Manhattan Beach (36.0%); Sunset Park – 8th Ave. (36.7%); Homecrest – Ocean Pkwy (36.8%); South Williamsburg – Lee and Park Ave. (39.4%); Borough Park – 13th Ave. & 60th St. (39.8%); East New York – Cypress Hills (41.1%); East Flatbush – Church and Remsem Ave. (43.3%); Bed-Stuy Bushwick East (43.3%); Canarsie – Paerdegat Basin (43.5%); Flatbush and Nostrand Ave. (44.7%).
With NYC’s cautious reopening in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the physical presence of community organizations and other trusted voices can make all the difference in boosting self-response. We need your help!
What can you do?
Share resources about the census in your community. Fill out this form from New York Counts to receive printed materials for free.
Join the Brooklyn Complete Count Committee to be connected with a network of organizations working to get out the count.
Help the U.S. Census Bureau complete enumerator training by donating space.
Track Brooklyn’s response rate in real time using the interactive Hard To Count map.
And most of all, don’t forget to complete the census! You can respond online, by phone, by mail or with a census taker at your door.