Events and Publications

Event: New York City and the 2020 Census
Watch Joseph Salvo, the Director of the Population Division at the New York City Department of City Planning, explain the importance of the 2020 Census for New York City. 

Event: 2020 Census Public Poll Results 
Watch Quinnipiac University representatives discuss their poll findings on what New Yorkers currently think about the Census, and what this means for securing an accurate Census count in 2020. 

Publication: 2020 Census Public Poll Results
Read the Quinnipiac University poll results on New Yorker's reaction to the Census and the proposed citizenship question.

2020 Census

ABNY and the Census
Along with partners throughout the City and State, ABNY is working to ensure that every New Yorker is counted.

About the Census 
Every ten years, the U.S. Constitution mandates a count of every person in the United States. This count is called the Decennial Census, is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, and the next one will happen in 2020. The data collected by the census determine the number of seats each State has in the U.S. House of Representatives and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. The decennial census is also used to distribute almost $900 billion dollars for critical federal programs nationwide, over $74 billion to New York State.

The decennial census is the largest mobilization and operation conducted in the United States and requires years of research, planning, and development of methods and infrastructure to ensure an accurate and complete count. 

Changes in 2020

Paper Based to Online Based
In 2020, for the first time, the Census Bureau will be encouraging US residents to complete the census questionnaire online. This provides opportunities to utilize cost-effective, internet-based tactics to encourage early participation. People will be able to fill out the form anywhere and real-time reporting on how well people are responding. The challenges to this online method include providing support to New York’s significant digital divide. Many New Yorker’s either do not have computers at home or don’t have access to reliable broadband. Paper and phone options will still be available.

 Reduction in Census Bureau Offices and Staffing
In anticipation of the efficiencies in the use of technology, the US Census Bureau has reduced staffing resources significantly. Regional census centers and area census offices have been cut in half and there are almost 1,000 less census field staff nationwide.

Possible Addition of the Citizenship Question
The US Department of Commerce has proposed adding a question about citizenship on the 2020 decennial census. The citizenship question was last asked of everyone on decennial census in 1950. Inclusion of the citizenship question is expected, in the current political climate, to reduce response rates to the census.



Census 2020 Organizing and action committee

Darren Walker
President of the Ford Foundation, Co-Chair 

Carl Weisbrod
Senior Advisor at HR&A Advisors, Inc. and former Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, Co-Chair

Steven Rubenstein
ABNY Chair and President of the communications firm RUBENSTEIN, Co-Chair

Jennifer Jones Austin
CEO and Executive Director of Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Steve Choi
Executive Director of the New York Immigrant Coalition 

Dr. Steven Corwin
President and CEO of NY Presbyterian 

Hector Figueroa
President of 32BJ SEIU

Patrick Gaspard
President of the Open Society Foundation and former US Ambassador

Alicia Glen
Former Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development for the City of New York 

Eric Goldstein
CEO of UJA Federation of NY 

Sharon Greenberger
President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York 

Hope Knight
President and CEO of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation 

Michael Mulgrew
President of the United Federation of Teachers

Bill Rudin
CEO of Rudin Management Corporation and Chairman of REBNY

Jon Silvan
Founding Partner and CEO of Global Strategy Group                                                                             

Lorie Slutsky
President of the New York Community Trust

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan
CEO, Catholic Chariies of the Archdiocese of New York                                                           

Kathy Wylde
President and CEO of the Partnership for NYC

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