Data collection for the 2010 Census is complete. Westchester County has received the first batch of data from the 2010 census and is preparing tables and charts that will be published on our Census and Statistics Web page. Addtional population and demographic data will be released throughout 2011. This data will also help determine the number of representatives allotted to each state in Congress.
Census data for Westchester can be accessed directly via the Census Bureau’s American Factfinder Web page.
About the decennial census
The census is conducted every ten years, as required by the Constitution. Census forms were sent to every household in the nation with 10 simple questions. Everyone is required to be counted in the census, including persons of all ages, racial backgrounds, citizens and non-citizens. For households that do not return census forms, the Census Bureau made official visits to count the individuals living in those households.
The information that individuals provide in the census is protected by law. Under Title 13, members of the Census Bureau cannot share personal information with police, tax, or any other enforcement agencies. Sharing information collected in the census is punishable by fines and imprisonment.
Information collected from the census is used to distribute over $300 billion in federal funding to states and local governments. In addition, census information determines how many seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives and how many electoral votes each state receives for presidential elections. Funding and planning for schools, infrastructure, and community programs and services relies on census data.
Census information is also used by other groups. Businesses use census information to decide where to locate and create jobs. Non-profits use census information to apply for grants. And many individuals use census information to learn more about their communities.