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Eastern Long Island Trails In Census Participation

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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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