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Complete Count Committee (2020 Census)

Dutchess County has established a 2020 Census “Complete Count Committee” to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 census. The motto of the committee is "You count, be counted!"  For more information on the committee please contact



What’s at stake: 

Filling out the census is critically important to your community. These numbers will determine:

Based on the latest census estimates, approximately 19% of Dutchess County's current population (or 56,774 people) lives in hard-to-count neighborhoods. In 2010 14 tracts out of 79  (18%) had a response rate of under 73% which will be areas of focus to increase their response rate. 

It’s easy to do: 

Filling out the form is simple and, for the first time, you can even do it online in 2020.

The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of the nation. The federal government undertakes this initiative every 10 years as required by the Constitution.

By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate. You'll then have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. The goal is to count people once, only once, and in the right place according to where they live on Census Day, April 1.

It’s confidential:

The information collected by the Census Bureau is confidential and protected under Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 9. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both. 

The Census Bureau needs workers:

The Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Find out more about jobs with the 2020 Census.


Meetings of the Complete Count Committee are open to the public at the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health, 2nd Floor Executive Boardroom, 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie, unless otherwise noted.

Next Meeting Date:  Wednesday March 4, 3:30pm in Training Room C-104 at 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County Mental Health Center)

Agendas & Minutes: 

Outreach Events: The Dutchess County Complete Count Committee will give a public presentation about the 2020 Census at the locations indicated on the following dates: 

Committee Members

Additional resources:

For more information contact: