White Plains Counts: 2020 Census

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What is the census?

The U.S.Constitution (Article I, Section 2) mandates a headcount every 10 years of everyone residing in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas of the United States.This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens, and non-citizens. The first census was conducted in 1790 and one has been conducted every 10 years since then.

Why is the census important?

The census is much more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That’s why an accurate count is so important.

The next federal census will occur in 2020 and will be conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Are census responses secure?

The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information that is collected.  Responses can only be used to produce statistics.  They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way - not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  

What can we do here in White Plains to prepare for the census and make sure all of our residents are counted?

The City of White Plains has formed a Complete Count Committee whose goal is to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. The Committee includes members from all parts of our community, including our schools, faith-based groups and organizations, business community, and government. In order to reach into every corner of our city, we welcome participation from a wide swath of the community. We hope to utilize the local knowledge, expertise, and influence of each committee member to implement a census awareness campaigned designed specifically for White Plains.

The Co-Chairs of the White Plains Complete Count Committee are:
Brian Kenney, Executive Director, White Plains Public Library, bkenney@whiteplainsny.gov, (914) 422-1400, and
Eileen McClain, Senior Planner, White Plains Planning Department, emcclain@whiteplainsny.gov, (914) 422-1300

What's next?

The White Plains Complete Count Committee will utilize the knowledge, expertise and influence of community members to implement a census awareness campaign designed for White Plains. Together we will identify areas of the community that may need extra efforts to participate and we will build awareness about the critical importance of participating in the census.

Over the next several months, the Committee will focus on raising awareness about the 2020 Census. In early 2020, the Committee will focus on encouraging every resident of White Plains to respond to the Census.

Important dates:

March 2020 - The Census Bureau will mail postcards to homes and the public can begin responding to the census online April 1, 2020 - Census Day!
June & July 2020 - Census takers go door-to-door to count people who have not yet responded

Did you know?

  • In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.
  • The Census Bureau is hiring! For more information about Census jobs, click here 2020census.gov/jobs

Resources

September 23, 2019 White Plains Complete Count Committee Meeting, Video 
September 23, 2019 White Plains Complete Count Committee Meeting, PowerPoint Presentation
United States Census Bureau 2020 Census 2020census.gov.

2020 Census Sample Questions:
Census Questionnaire - Spanish
Census Questionnaire - English

Language Guides Here 

We encourage you to check this web page regularly for updates.