Demographics & Census
The 2020 Census is underway! The Census has been conducted every ten years since 1790, and the Census Bureau continues to learn from each Census and improve their process, working toward the goal of counting everyone living in the country, once, only once, and in the right place. The Census is mandated by the United States Constitution in order to determine fair representation in the House of Representatives, and the states and local municipalities also use Census data to apportion seats in their legislatures. Over time, the Census has been used by the federal government to determine how to distribute federal funding, and now the federal government distributes more than $675 billion every year through a variety of programs such as Medicaid, HEAP, Head Start, highway funding, education funding and others based solely on an area’s population.
Make your voice count! Your response to the Census helps secure the funding Orange County needs to help our residents thrive, and ensures that your voice is heard in Washington, Albany, and Goshen. Please go to https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html and respond to the Census, either online, by phone at one of the numbers you can find on that page, or by requesting a paper form to be mailed to you at your address.
Orange County is an affiliate of the New York State Data Center. The County maintains and archives data pertaining to Orange County and its municipalities and performs administrative tasks for the Census Bureau. The County also researches data for municipalities and individuals within Orange County on request. Submit a request for census data (PDF).
Data on this page is provided by the United States Department of Commerce Bureau of the Census unless otherwise noted, and has not been altered except to extract facts and figures relevant to Orange County from larger data sets.
Questions, comments, or data research requests may be directed to Megan Tennermann, Planner.