2020 Census: Shape Our Children's Future

  • Take the Census

    Census Digital Action Weekend is May 1-3, 2020

    If you haven't already, please be sure to complete the 2020 Census taking place right now.

    Responses to the census will shape how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to local communities every year. Our Tonawanda community receives resources based on census population counts that help pay for schools, hospitals, emergency services, roads and more. An accurate and complete census helps businesses, community leaders and elected officials make informed decisions every day.

    Now, more than ever, it is critical that everyone in our community participates to help shape the future of the City of Tonawanda. Please go to 2020Census.gov to quickly complete this process.



    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, "Newborn babies and young children under five are often missed in the census. The 2020 Census helps determine which areas qualify for the critical resources that children and families depend on for the next 10 years—basically, an entire childhood! Examples of resources that could be impacted include food assistance, Head Start, childcare, housing support, public schools, early intervention services for children with special needs, children’s health insurance, and more. Knowing how many children there are and where they live is essential to getting those services and programs to them."



    As the Census Bureau notes, "If you have children in your home, make sure they are counted in the right place."

    • The general rule is: Count children in the home where they live and sleep most of the time, even if their parents do not live there.

    • If you've just had a baby, and your baby is still in the hospital on Census Day (April 1, 2020), then count your baby at the home where he or she will live and sleep most of the time.

    • If children spend time in more than one home, count them where they stay most often. If their time is evenly divided, or if you do not know where they stay most often, count them where they are staying on April 1, 2020.

    • If you are helping to take care of a friend's or family member's child, and the child does not have a permanent place to live, count the child if he or she is staying with you on April 1, 2020—even if it's only temporary.

Why the Census is Important for Our Kids