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Yonkers and the 2020 Census – May 13th Update

Every Wednesday is Census Day at Yonkers Public Library!

We’re halfway there! With data collected through Tuesday, May 12th, an estimated 50.8% of Yonkers households have completed their 2020 Census questionnaires. That’s still lower than the rate for the New York State (53.2%) and nation (58.7%). We need to improve that rate for Yonkers to receive its fair share of federal funding and political representation! 

If you haven’t already, fill out your form at my2020census.gov. You now have until October 31st to complete your census questionnaire, but don’t wait!

Click on the embedded response-rate map to view more self-response data.


Census fact of the week

How to respond the census questions about race: The 2020 Census will ask a series of questions about you and each person who lives with you. When responding, you’ll record the race of each person who is living in your home on April 1, 2020.

We understand you might have questions about providing this information. Here are some guidelines for responding:

  • Your answer to this question should be based on how you identify. Each person can decide how to answer.
  • You are free to choose where to report your identity and which boxes to mark, or not to mark.
  • You are not required to mark a checkbox category in order to enter a response in one of the write-in areas. You may respond by entering your specific identity or identities in any of the write-in response areas on the race question.

You may select one or more boxes for the race or races you identify with and enter your origins in the write-in space.

  • If you don’t know the answer, please move on to the next question.
  • The instructions ask you to select one or more boxes and then enter detailed origins in the provided write-in fields. If you don’t know the person’s origin, you can leave this field blank.
  • In the online questionnaire, if you select a box, but leave the origin fields blank, a message will appear at the top of the screen and the blank field will be highlighted in red. If you do not know this the person’s origin, click next again to continue completing your response.

(source: 2020census.gov)

Census video of the week

In honor of our first responders, here’s a video on how completing your census can help them receive the funding and data they need to effectively serve our community!