2020 Census: Why it Matters

UPDATE: The deadline to complete the 2020 Census has been extended to October 31, 2020.

As of 9/28/20, The City of Buffalo’s current Census Self Response rate is only around 54%.

As the Buffalo Niagara region is slowly taking steps towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important now than ever to ensure a complete 2020 Census count. 

A complete and accurate count is essential to accessing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid. These dollars support housing, transportation, infrastructure improvements, education, healthcare, and other critical community programming that will help rebuild our local economies here in Buffalo Niagara.  Thdata gathered from the census is also used to form public policies and redraw the boundaries of congressional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.


How Employers Can Help 

To ensure everyone in Buffalo Niagara is counted in the 2020 Census, the Partnership encourages you to share the significance of this effort with your employees.  For your convenience, we have included draft email language below that can be easily distributed to your employees.  This draft email outlines why a complete count matters here in Buffalo Niagara and provides resources for ways to easily and securely complete the census. 




Sample email to employees: 


 The 2020 Census mission and goal is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.  

We wanted to take the time out to provide you with information on the importance of completing the 2020 Census and the benefits of counting every living person in the U.S., especially in our community.  

The Decennial Census only occurs every 10 years. Census data will be used to determine how hundreds of billions in federal funding will be annually distributed to communities across the country to support vital programs impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policies. Data is also used to redraw the boundaries of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.  

A complete count of our community is more important now than ever as this data can and will be used to determine any economic relief for years to come to individuals, families, and businesses that would go towards rebuilding our local economy in a post COVID-19 world. 

All responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law and cannot be shared or used against you. You can respond online at, via phone at 1-844-330-2020, or via mail if you have received a paper questionnaire. Responding by phone is recommended for those who primary language is not English. 

 Thank you, 




Erie County is currently leading the state in self-response rate.  We must continue to build upon that momentum and keep working until we have a 100% response rate across the Buffalo Niagara region which cannot be done without your help.  Please encourage your employees to take a moment to complete the 2020 Census and help make Buffalo Niagara count. 



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