Learn How to Get Brooklyn Counted at the Prospect Park Alliance 2020 Census Fair

Photo via U.S. Census 2020

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    The start of a new decade means it’s time for another U.S. census and you can help make sure all Brooklynites are counted.

    Taken every ten years, the census helps determine how much federal funding New York will receive for areas like parks, healthcare, public housing and education, as well as the number of representatives it will have in Congress.

    To help ensure an accurate count in 2020, the Prospect Park Alliance is sponsoring the 2020 Census Info Session, Job and Volunteer Fair along with the U.S. Census Bureau, NYC Census 2020, the Brooklyn Borough President and other community partners. At the event you will be able to apply for one of the thousands of temporary census jobs available with the U.S. Census Bureau, sign up to volunteer with a neighborhood census committee and gather info to share with your community.

    taking the census in 1920

    Taking the census in 1920. Photo via Library of Congress

    The fair takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21 at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park. The first 100 attendees will be able to warm up with some free hot chocolate and there will also be a raffle for ice skating vouchers. For more information on the schedule of activities and to RSVP, check out the event page at the Prospect Park Alliance website. For general information on the census visit the U.S. Census 2020 website.

    Curious about the population of Brooklyn in 1940? You can explore original census images from that year for free online at the National Archives.

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