The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to count everyone living in the country every 10 years. This official count of the population is called a census, and the next United States census takes place in 2020.
It will also be the first primarily digital census, where people are encouraged to fill in their information online.
We will have special events and workshops at Queens Public Library to teach you about Census 2020, how to fill out the census form, and why it’s so important to be counted this year.
It is important that Census 2020 includes people of all ages (including infants and children), races, and ethnic groups; all citizens; and all non-citizens.
Census 2020 will determine how more than $700 billion in federal government resources will be distributed over for the next decade to every state. Census data is used to determine where schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers, and other services are built. Federal programs like Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicare Part B, Federal Direct Student Loans, Head Start, and many more rely on Census data, and so does our democracy—these data determine how many seats New York will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and how district lines are drawn at all levels of government.
Come back here in 2020 for more information about Census 2020 and Queens Public Library's special programs, resources, and events.
Let’s make sure every New Yorker counts in 2020!