Census 2020: Your Participation Matters

Why Is It Important?

The census determines the state’s representation in Congress and influences federal funding for essential programs in education, public transit systems, highway planning, community development and other areas.

New York pays more in taxes to the federal government than 47 other states, but receives only 90 cents for every tax dollar paid — well below the national average of $1.21. This is another reminder why we need to make sure every New Yorker completes the 2020 census.

New York is in danger of being undercounted. This would leave certain communities without the services they need. 

The Census Bureau finds populations that include people of color, immigrants, those living in poverty or in nontraditional housing, and households with young children or limited English proficiency are most at risk of not being represented. 

Participating in the census is confidential and easy. Tell your friends, family and neighbors how important it is using our report “Census 2020: Your Participation Matters,” available in multiple languages.

If you haven’t responded to the census, learn why the time to act is NOW!

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


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Source: Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau