Census official speaks on how Rochester is lagging in count

Created: August 01, 2020 08:45 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The City of Rochester is falling behind when it comes to this year's census.

According to the Census Bureau, just over 48% of Rochestarians have self-reported this year thus far, about 10 points lower than the numbers for the entire state and 15 points lower than the national average. 


New York's Regional Director Jeff Behler told us the bureau had planned to set up booths at festivals and fairs, but most of those were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, he says they are planning to send out more than 2,100 door knockers in the Rochester region beginning next week, which usually helps give the numbers a bump.

"People need to understand these people knocking on your door are more than likely your neighbors," says Behler. "The community members who applied for jobs it's okay to open up your door and give them your information. That information is protected under Title 13."

Behler says that the Census Bureau is still hiring for those positions, and you can apply online after you fill out your census. 

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