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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Census 2020 Information (Update from County Exec. Marc Molinaro)

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From Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro:

"We have been going through unprecedented times these past few months, working together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and doing everything we can to protect ourcommunities.

"It’s a testament to our strength and our belief in helping people. We know this work is far from over, and we are going to need every resource available to keep our communities safe and to get people back on their feet. One way we can do this is to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 census.


"The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of the nation. The federal government relies on this information including the final head count-to allocate funding for everything from highways to hospitals. Infact, the federal government uses population numbers to calculate how to distribute money to state and other governments through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  That Act, passed by Congress in March, included the Paycheck Protection Program and other measures aimed at providing financial relief to people during this crisis. Undoubtedly, more federal assistance will be needed, and it too will be based on our census data.  Even during less turbulent times, approximately $675 billion in federal funds get distributed this way, involving more than 130 programs, including housing and education needs. Congressional and legislative districts also will be redrawn based on the final census figures.

"For these reasons, I encourage you to reach out to individuals in your communities and ask that they complete their census at My2020Census.gov. People also can complete the form over the phone or via mail if they like. Census assistance numbers are available in English (844-330-2020) and Spanish (844-468-2020). Filling out the form takes only a few minutes; collected personal information is kept confidential; and it is protected under law."

Read the County Executive’s full letter here (PDF).

Note: The Census 2020 letter is not being delivered to P.O. Boxes. The census tracks by physical address only. People with P.O. Boxes will get a census delivered in person at some point, but timing is uncertain due to Covid-19. The easiest thing to do is go online, even without a code. Go to:

my2020census.gov (link)

and click Start Questionnaire. Scroll down and click where it says:

"If you do not have a Census ID, click here."

The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. 

Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.

The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

The Census letter you received in the mail includes a Census ID number. Please go to my 2020census.gov (link) by April 1st to fill out your Census. You will be asked to enter your Census ID. If you didn’t receive an ID, you can still fill out the questionnaire by entering your address.

It should not take you more than 5-10 minutes to fill out. No personal information will be shared and you are not asked for any sensitive information such as your Social Security number.

You can also complete your questionnaire by phone: 1-844-330-2020. However, due to the Coronavirus, there are fewer representatives at the call centers so wait times will be greatly increased.

Paper questionnaires will be sent out in mid-April if you prefer not to fill your questionnaire online or over the phone. 

We’ve attached additional information in both English and Spanish:

English Census 101 (PDF)

Spanish Census 101 (PDF)

At the March 23 Town Board meeting, John Penney, Chairperson of the Dutchess County Complete Count Committee, hosted a Census 2020 workshop. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/w6ZVie8aKMA?t=1458 (link)

If you have any further questions, you can email the Dutchess County Complete Count Committee: completecount@dutchessny.gov

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