Assemblymember Michael G. DenDekker

on you.
Dear Friend,

For more than 200 years our country has used census results to help determine everything from government representation to school funding. Although today’s abbreviated questionnaires take only minutes to fill out, their impact is no less important.

It’s our responsibility to participate. It’s up to each of us to make sure that the goals of the census are achieved, improving our communities in the process. Only with universal participation can the census become an embodiment of the people, rather than a government instrument.

This pamphlet is intended to familiarize you with the census and answer any questions you might have. If you have any further questions or concerns about this or any other subject, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

Michael G. DenDekker
Member of Assembly

33-46 92nd Street, Suite 1W
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

What is the census? The census is a count of everyone residing in the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the Island Areas (the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands).

Who is counted? All residents of the U.S. must be counted. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens.

Why is it important? Filling out the census helps you get the benefits you deserve, such as health care, day care and job training. With over $400 billion per year in federal funds at stake, your response helps ensure our communities aren’t overlooked, paving the way for improvements to your schools, roads, and fire and police stations.

How often is the census conducted? The U.S. census has been held once every 10 years since its inception in 1790.

What do I need to do? Census questionnaires will be mailed or delivered to every U.S. household beginning in March of 2010. Questionnaires include 10 easy questions and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese. Completed forms should then be mailed back in the enclosed, postage-paid envelope.

Do I have to partake? Yes, participation is required. Households that do not respond will be mailed a second questionnaire. Households that still do not respond will be contacted or visited by an employee of the Census Bureau. These employees are called enumerators.

Can the information be used against me? No, by law (Title 13, U.S. Code) the Census Bureau maintains a strict privacy policy. Personal information cannot be shared with anyone, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or any other government agency. Additionally, every Census Bureau employee takes a non-disclosure oath and faces severe penalties if that oath is violated.

How is the 2010 Census different? In the past, most households received a short-form questionnaire, while one household in six received a long form that contained additional questions and provided more detailed socioeconomic information about the population.

The 2010 Census will be short-form only and will count all residents living in the United States. Questions include name, gender, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, relationship of persons in household and housing tenure.

For more information, call 800-923-8282 or visit

New York

Population, 2000

Population, 2008 estimate

Population, percent change, 2000 to 2008

Female persons, percent, 2007

Median household income, 2007

*Information courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau