Census 2020: Your Participation Matters

Why Is It Important?

The census determines the state’s representation in Congress and 10 years of federal funding allocation for initiatives including essential healthcare education programs, public transit systems, highway planning and construction, and community development.

New York pays more in taxes to the federal government than any other state, but ranks last in what it gets back. This can change if every New Yorker completes the 2020 census.

Make sure your voice is heard. Get counted in this year’s census.

How to Respond

The census takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be done online, by phone, or by mail.


Take the census online using your 12-digit Census ID.

  • How to Find Your Census ID
    Your Census ID is on the questionnaire you receive from the Census Bureau.
  • If You Don't Have a Census ID
    Use this form to complete the census without your ID.


Call 844-330-2020 or the number associated with your preferred language.


Most households received a census form in the mail in March. Complete the form using blue or black ink and return it in the envelope provided. If the return envelope is lost, mail it to:

U.S. Census Bureau
National Processing Center
1201 E 10th Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47132

Source: Data and interactive map provided by the U.S. Census Bureau