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Eastern Long Island Trails In Census Participation

Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

Eastern Long Island is lagging behind the rest of New York, and the U.S., in responding to the 2020 Census.

The national response rate to the Census is nearly 62%. New York’s response rate is above 58%. 

Eastern Long Island’s response rate is less than 50%.

The lowest response is from the Hamptons, where less than 15% have filled out the Census questionnaire by mail, phone or online. The Hamptons has a large summer population, which means there are many hard-to-count, wealthy second homeowners and immigrant workers who rent seasonally.

Other communities hard hit by COVID-19 have low response rates, like the Town of Southold, with 36%. The Census count is delayed by the pandemic.

Nassau County has the highest response rate in New York, at nearly 68%. Suffolk County is doing better than the rest of the state, and is on par with the national average.

The deadline for responding to the Census is October 31. 

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.
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