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All about the 2020 Census. Why is it so important? What exactly is counted? How is the counting done? What about undocumented residents? Where do I file? How do I file?

Update

All Census Counting Ends on September 30, 2020

Fill out your census questions

online at https://my2020census.gov

OR

Call in your answers

English 1-844-330-2020

Spanish 1-844-468-2020

 

Response Time Extended

Get Help

Representatives will be available live, to explain the questionnaire and record your answers.

1-844-330-2020 for English

1-844-468-2020 Spanish

2020 Census form questions? 

Click here to see an informational copy of the 2020 Census print questionnaire. 

Click here to see an explanation of why each question is asked.

Postcard

Can't Find Your Postcard?

Don't worry, go to https://my2020census.gov, and enter your street address instead.

Your Census Postcard & Census ID

Census 2020 poscard invitation

How Will Online Self-Response Work?

  • Households can respond online at my2020census.gov—including from a smartphone or tablet.
  • Respondents will input the unique code from their Census mailing, or else their street address.
  • The online questionnaire must be completed in one session; draft responses cannot be saved.
  • There is no time limit to complete the form. However, for security purposes, if there is no activity for 15 minutes, the respondent will be logged out and need to start again.
  • A confirmation page will be displayed after submission; there will not be an email or text message confirmation.
  • People can respond online or by phone in 13 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), English, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Covid-19 & College Students

What is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.

Impact on our community?

The results are critically important because this once-a-decade census data helps businesses, researchers, and communities make decisions.

There are many ways the 2020 Census can shape your community. For example, the data can help inform where your community needs:

  • Representation: The decennial count of all U.S. residents is required by the U.S. Constitution to determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College (known as reapportionment). This data is also the basis for drawing districts for federal, state, and local offices (known as redistricting).
  • Funding: The Census is key to the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding to states and localities for all kinds of programs and capital improvements, such as the NYS grants received to help renovate the Library in 2009.
  • Information: Data resulting from the Census is widely used by researchers, governments, businesses, and other organizations to, for example, plan for a new school, a new road, more funding for school lunches, etc.