Rochester Counts - 2020 Census

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  "Our population determines the city of Rochester’s allotment of federal resources and political capital,
 which helps our residents thrive and reach their full potential. It is critical that every one of our   
residents is counted so that Rochester can be the city it is destined to be." -- Mayor Lovely A. Warren

 Fill out the Census online today!  


Your Privacy Matters

 ALL census data you provide is protected by federal law. It cannot be used against you or your family by any government agency or court.


Due to the COVID-19, pandemic, 
the U.S Census Bureau has made operational changes to the schedule.
You can view them 

Get involved, support your community, and be a part of history! 
Stay up to date with census jobs, applications, and changes here   

 An accurate Census count protects our children and families, providing schools with proper funding, resources, and support for school and community programs.

 Your Count Matters

Every ten years, all residents must be counted through a process called the census. An accurate count helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are used for resources that communities all across the country rely on. These include: 

  • SNAP
  • Medicaid
  • Housing
  • Education
  • infrastructure
  • Job creation
  • CHIP
  • School Lunch

 Census FAQS 
  Why should I do
  the  census?                                                               
Census data are used to distribute $300 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year, make decisions about which community services to provide, and are used to distribute seats to states for the U.S. Congress. 
  How long does it take?                       It takes less than 10 minutes to complete the Census.
   Who should I count?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You should count everyone living in your household (as of April 1, 2020) if you are filling out the census for your home. This includes everyone -  babies, relatives or non-relatives, roommates, newborns, and anyone who may be renting a space in your home. Visit if you are unsure, or contact us at with any questions.
   How do I do the census?                                                                                                                                                                             In March 2020, you will receive a postcard in the mail. You can respond by mail, or 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.
You can also fill out the survey online in 12 different languages at 


Stay up to date with how many people in YOUR community have responded to the Census so far by looking at the Self-Response Rate Map  below: 




Communities of Color, refugee communities, and low socioeconomic communities are historically under counted every decade. This leads to lack of representation in Congress, lack of resources, and lack of funding for vulnerable communities. 

Below is a Hard-to-Count-Map indicating these vulnerable communities.

Spread the word, share this information, and protect the resources in your communities!


Local Census in the News 
  •  (Tuesday, March 26, 2019) -- Mayor Lovely A. Warren and Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello, joined Jeff Behler Regional Director of the New York Region Census Center Tuesday to call for Rochester-area residents to apply for temporary field positions for the 2020 Census. Mayor Warren and County Clerk Bello are members of the New York State Complete Count Commission. Learn more>>