2020 Census responses trickling in

As of this week, most New Yorkers have yet to respond to the 2020 Census, with only a 48% response rate. New York ranks #43 in the nation, far behind #20 New Jersey and #17 Connecticut, with 55.2% and 56.5%, respectively, while Minnesota leads the nation with 64.3%.

Response rates in Nassau County and Suffolk County — 57.4% and 52.1%, respectively — are better than the state overall, but it still means nearly half of Long Island’s households have yet to respond to the Census online, by mail or by phone.

The 2020 Census takes only minutes to complete and determines federal funding in our communities for the next decade. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Highway Planning and Construction programs, for example, use Census Bureau data. This report provides more details about the different programs using Census Bureau data.

If you are one of our readers who has yet to respond, you can find out how at