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Do You Have Questions About the 2020 Census?

Read our list of frequently asked questions about the census.

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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

The quickest way to respond to the 2020 Census is online with your Census ID. You can use any Internet connection and complete your census form online here. You can still respond even if you don't have a Census ID. 

Census data will determine how more than $650 billion in federal government resources will be distributed over for the next decade to every state, and where schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers, and other services are built. Federal programs 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.

If we improve the response rate from historically undercounted populations like people of color, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community, the census will provide reliable data to inform advocates, policymakers, and researchers working on issues important to them. (The 2020 Census won’t ask about your sexual orientation and gender identity, but it will count cohabiting same-sex couples for the first time.)

Let’s make sure every New Yorker counts in 2020!




Census 101: What You Need to Know (Census Bureau)

What Does the Questionnaire Look Like? (Census Bureau)

Who Should Be Counted Where? (Census Bureau)

Information on the Census Translated (Census Bureau)



Census 2020: A Deep Dive (Let's Talk Democracy)

Why We Ask (Census Bureau)

What Does the Census Fund? (Counting for Dollars New York)

A List of Programs that the Census Funds in New York City (Pg 10, Table 1)

Businesses and the Census (ABNY)

Why Your Company Should Become a 2020 Census Partner (Census Bureau)

Why the Census Matters to Girls, the Environment, and More (Georgetown Poverty Center)

Top 500 At-Risk Tracts (Rockefeller Institute of Government)



Key Census Dates (Census Outreach)

What the First Mailer Looks Like (Census Bureau)

The Internet Self-Response Portal: What to Expect, Census Counts, and others

Safety and Security Online (Census Bureau)

Stay Safe While Filling out the Census (AARP)

How to Identify a Census Taker (Asian Americans Advancing Justice)

Areas to Receive 2020 census Paper Questionnaires First and Bilingual Invitations (Census Bureau)