Buffalo Count US IN 2020

What is Buffalo Count Us In 2020?Count US in LOGO

Buffalo Count Us In 2020 is Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo’s effort to support the next United States Census. Announced at Mayor Brown’s 2019 State of the City Address, the goal of Buffalo Count Us In 2020 is to:

  • Communicate the importance of the census
  • Educate the public on how to participate
  • Ensure responses from the public for a fair and accurate count
  • Support filling census jobs

Led by Mayor Brown and Jessica Lazarin, Director of the City of Buffalo Office of New Americans and Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Buffalo Law Department, the Buffalo Count Us In 2020 Team is made up of participating senior members of Mayor Brown’s Administration and members of the community, who will provide recommendations on how to reach historically hard-to-count areas of the City.

If you have any questions, email us at buffalocountusin2020@city-buffalo.com

Why does the census matter?

Every 10 years, the United States Constitution requires a count (or "census") of all residents. The census collects details on the entire country’s population. This information is used to:

  • Determine representation in Congress
  • Distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to states and communities
  • Allocate resources for job creation, housing, infrastructure, and more
  • In this way, the census significantly impacts Buffalo and its communities. A complete and accurate count is vital.

Who should respond to the census? 

The Constitution mandates that all people be counted every 10 years. You should respond to the census regardless of your immigration status, housing insecurity, age, race, or ability.

It is important to know that all census data is protected by federal law and is used for statistical purposes only. It cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. There are a variety of checks in place to ensure that the law is followed and the City is confident that those checks will be enforced.

When should I respond to the census?

In March 2020, you will receive a postcard in the mail from the Census Bureau. You can use the code on the postcard to respond to the survey online. If you prefer, you can call the number on the postcard and submit your responses over the phone. These are the best ways to be included in the count for your neighborhood.

How long will it take to fill out the survey?

The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete. You can respond to the Census online or by phone, in different languages.

Respond by April 1.

Respond to the census promptly and encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same.

If you do not respond to the postcard, additional steps will be taken to ensure you are counted. These steps include mailing a paper form and knocking on your door to offer in-person assistance. If you have any trouble completing the survey, you should email buffalocountusin2020@city-buffalo.com.



Public wishing to testify may pre-register at the NYS Census 2020 website.

The NYS Complete Count Commission will hold a public hearing on plans for the upcoming 2020 Census on Thursday, April 18 in Buffalo:

Thursday, April 18, 5 p.m.
Waterfront Elementary/PS 95 Auditorium
95 Fourth Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

The hearing is open to the public and media.

The New York State Department of State will broadcast the hearing via YouTube Live.

Public testimony will be heard during the latter part of the hearing on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each public speaker’s comments will be limited to three (3) minutes.

As a convenience, the Commission is permitting individuals wishing to testify to pre-register for a single three-minute speaking slot. Members of the public wishing to testify at the April 18 census hearing or any of the other public hearings across the state may pre-register to speak online. The pre-registration period for the April 18 Buffalo event ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Depending on the number of pre-registration slots taken, additional three-minute speaking slots may be available day-of on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Written testimony may be submitted to Commissioners or staff at the events or emailed to hearing@labor.ny.gov.

The Complete Count Commission is tasked with building upon the sweeping efforts already underway to prepare for next year’s federal Census. With these meetings, the Commission is undertaking a multi-year, collaborative strategy involving all state agencies, local and county governments, non-profits and local stakeholders across the state.

For more information about the Complete Count Commission and New York’s efforts to ensure a full count in 2020, please visit www.ny.gov/census2020.