Borough President Diaz Praises Bronxites for Increasing Their Participation in the 2010 Census
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is celebrating that, according to just released statistics from the United States Census Bureau, Bronx residents considerably increased their participation in the 2010 Census, going from 56 percent during the 2000 Census to 65 percent this year. This makes the Bronx the borough with the third highest participation in the New York City area.
“The Bronx had a higher percent of participation during the 2010 census, which made me believe that many more residents understood that to be counted was a very important step toward obtaining funding and resources that are critical for the borough’s development,” said Borough President Diaz.
According to the US Census Bureau, 69 percent of New York State households filled out and mailed back their questionnaire. Manhattan was the New York City borough with the highest participation (70 percent), followed by Staten Island (66 percent), The Bronx (65 percent), Queens (62 percent) and Brooklyn (58 percent).
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to be conducted every ten years. Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states; to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year; and to make decisions about what community services to provide.