What's at Stake?

The upcoming 2020 Census is critical for the future of New York City.

A 'What's At Stake?' Pledge Card. It says: Billions in federal funding, the number of seats we have in congress, your community and your voice.

The census determines how critical resources and political power are distributed.

As New Yorkers, our fair share of billions of dollars in federal funding is at stake. This includes funding for our public education, affordable housing, roads and bridges, and much more.

And, if we are undercounted, we could lose up to two seats in Congress, diminishing the power of our voices on Capitol Hill.

NYC Census 2020 is working to ensure that every New Yorker is counted.


In 2010, the self-response rate in New York was 62%, while the national average was 76%.

In some neighborhoods, self-response rates were as low as 35%. This means New York City has historically been undercounted—we can't let that happen again.

It is critical that every New Yorker is counted: if we’re not counted, we don’t exist!

You can ensure your community is counted! Join your Community Organizing Census Committee (NOCC) here.