Buffalo Count US IN 2020

Respond to the 2020 US Census TODAY!

Census 2020 Public Service Announcement Video

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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 my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020.

What to expect in March 2020

Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered between March 12-20. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. 

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The invitation letter you receive in the mail will look like this:

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The envelope will look like this:

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The Census informational questionnaire will look like this:
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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 my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020.

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.