The Census is the count of every person living in the United States as required by the U.S. Constitution. It is conducted once every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau, a division of the Department of Commerce. By law, all households in the United States are required to participate in the census.
As of March 12, the 2020 US census is available by mail, phone, and online at my2020census.gov. Starting in mid-May, census Enumerators, also known as Census Takers, will also be going door-to-door to conduct in-person surveys, for households that have not yet responded.
Filling out the 2020 Census
You can complete the census online or over the phone in under 10 minutes and in 13 languages. You do not need to wait for your invitation to come in the mail to respond online or over the phone.
In NYC, most households will receive instructions to complete the census online. Some households will receive the traditional paper form to mail in.
If you did not receive a paper form, but would like to complete the census by mail, a paper form will eventually be sent to your household by mid-April.
Your “Census ID”
Your invitation and reminder mailings will include a 12-character alpha-numeric “Census ID,” which is unique to your address. When you complete the census online at my2020census.gov or over the phone you should do so using the “Census ID” for your address.
If you lost your letter(s) from the Census Bureau, cannot find your “Census ID,” or did not receive an invitation to fill out the census, you can still respond online. Visit the online form and select “Start Questionnaire.” Below the ID field, click the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”
If you are renting a room, live in home with multiple families, or live in an unlawfully subdivide apartment or basement unit, you can still fill out your own census questionnaire online or over the phone without a “Census ID.”
The online self-response Census questionnaire will be translated into twelve languages: Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.
Fill out the 2020 Census at my2020census.gov.
The Census paper questionnaire is available in English and Spanish.