Getting an accurate U.S. Census 2020 count is a top priority of Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Buffalo Complete Count Commission. Population and demographics data gleaned from the census data are used as the basis for state and federal funding. During this time of COVID-19, federal funding tied to Census numbers will help our City during the economic recovery process, enabling us to continue the important programs that help our most vulnerable people.
"As we continue to remain united in this COVID-19 crisis, and stronger because of our diversity, I am challenging all of you to take just ten minutes to fill out your Census 2020 form, and urge your friends and family to do the same. Without an accurate count, the City of Buffalo will lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding needed for community programming that will be essential in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. Please encourage your family, friends and neighbors to complete their forms at 2020Census.gov. Thank you, in advance, for your support.”
-Mayor Byron W. Brown
Uncut: Responding to the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.
What is the 2020 United States Census?
How Does the Census Affect Representation?
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail—between March 12-20.
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
Self-Response Rate - Buffalo, NY
In March 2019, Mayor Brown formed the Buffalo Count Us In 2020 Committee, a partnership that includes members of his administration, community and faith-based groups, and nonprofit organizations from throughout the City of Buffalo in preparation for the 2020 Census.
Through this complete count initiative, the City is breaking down barriers of language, disability and internet access to reach all residents.
2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to:
- Protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees.
- Implement guidance from Federal, State, and local authorities regarding COVID-19.
- Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
Under the adjusted 2020 Census operational plan, field activities would resume after June 1, 2020, as Area Census Offices begin returning to full staff capacity. In-person activities, including enumeration, office work, and processing activities, will incorporate the most current guidance from authorities to ensure the health and safety of staff and the public.