White Plains Counts: 2020 Census

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What is the census?

The U.S.Constitution (Article I, Section 2) mandates a headcount every 10 years of everyone residing in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas of the United States. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens, and non-citizens. The first census was conducted in 1790 and one has been conducted every 10 years since then.

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Why is the census important?

The census is much more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That’s why an accurate count is so important.

Important dates

Self-Response Phase: the public is strongly encouraged to respond online. Options for responding by phone or mail are also available.
March 12–July 31 Extended March 12–August 14
Census takers will drop off invitations at the front doors of 5 million households. These households can respond online now—even without their invitation— by providing their address.
March 15–April 17 Delayed March 29–May 1
Mobile Questionnaire Assistance Census Bureau staff will assist people with responding online at places such as grocery stores and community centers.
March 30–July 31 Delayed April 13–August 14
Early Nonresponse Follow-up Census takers will follow up with households that haven’t responded yet around some colleges and universities.
April 9–July 31 Delayed May 7–August 14
Nonresponse Follow-up and Re-interview Census takers will interview households in person that have not responded online, by phone, or by mail.
May 13–July 31 Delayed May 28–August 14
October 15 - Deadline to Submit 2020 Census Responses

El Centro Hispano and The White Plains Public Library unite forces to help you fill out the Census 2020. Additional information is available here.


White Plains has launched a Census newsletter: Be Counted, White Plains! We’ll post links to each issue of the newsletter on this page.
Be Counted, White Plains, Issue #1
Be Counted, White Plains, Issue # 2

September 23, 2019 White Plains Complete Count Committee Meeting, Video
September 23, 2019 White Plains Complete Count Committee Meeting, PowerPoint Presentation
United States Census Bureau 2020 Census 2020census.gov.

2020 Census Sample Questions:
Census Questionnaire - Spanish
Census Questionnaire - English

Language Guides Here 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are census responses secure?

The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information that is collected.  Responses can only be used to produce statistics.  They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way - not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  

What can we do here in White Plains to prepare for the census and make sure all of our residents are counted?

The City of White Plains has formed a Complete Count Committee whose goal is to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. The Committee includes members from all parts of our community, including our schools, faith-based groups and organizations, business community, and government. In order to reach into every corner of our city, we welcome participation from a wide swath of the community. We hope to utilize the local knowledge, expertise, and influence of each committee member to implement a census awareness campaigned designed specifically for White Plains.

The Co-Chairs of the White Plains Complete Count Committee are:
Brian Kenney, Executive Director, White Plains Public Library, bkenney@whiteplainsny.gov, (914) 422-1400, and
Eileen McClain, Senior Planner, White Plains Planning Department, emcclain@whiteplainsny.gov, (914) 422-1300

What’s next?

The White Plains Complete Count Committee will utilize the knowledge, expertise and influence of community members to implement a census awareness campaign designed for White Plains. Together we will identify areas of the community that may need extra efforts to participate and we will build awareness about the critical importance of participating in the census.

Over the next several months, the Committee will focus on raising awareness about the 2020 Census. In early 2020, the Committee will focus on encouraging every resident of White Plains to respond to the Census.

Did you know?

  • In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.
  • The Census Bureau is hiring! For more information about Census jobs, click here 2020census.gov/jobs

We encourage you to check this web page regularly for updates.