2020 Census

The 2020 Census is here! Respond online at my2020census.gov or by phone at these United States Census Bureau phone lines. Let’s make New York count!

2020 Census

A complete and accurate census count is critical to the future of New York. The 2020 Census will determine how more than $650 billion in federal funds for public education, public housing, public transit, and more gets distributed annually throughout the country. It will also determine the number of seats each state is allocated in the House of Representatives (and thus, the Electoral College). Based on current estimates, an undercount could cost the State of New York up to two congressional seats.

New York’s participation in the 2020 Census faces a number of challenges:
  • Digital census forms: It is the first online census (though some households will still receive a traditional paper census form), and some residents may not have ready access to the Internet in their home.
  • Language barriers: New York’s diverse immigrant populations mean that information about the census — and the form itself — must be accessible in a variety of languages.
  • Fear: With a federal government openly hostile to immigrant populations, many residents will need assurance that it is safe to participate in the census.
  • Misinformation: Students who live in campus housing will need to know their rights about participating in the census to ensure that they are counted.
Here is some information about where and how college students should be counted in the 2020 Census:
  • College students who are living at home should be counted at their home address.
  • College students who live away from home should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are at home on April 1, 2020. If they live in housing designed for college students (such as dorms and apartments with “by-the-bed” leases), they will be counted as part of the Group Quarters Operation (because of the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the Census Bureau Statement on Modifying 2020 Census Operations to Make Sure College Students are Counted). If college students live off campus in housing such as a private house or apartment, they should count themselves at that address.
  • College students who are living or studying abroad outside the United States on April 1, 2020 are not counted in the census.
  • Foreign students living and attending school in the United States should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
  • Video: What College Students Need to Know to Be Counted in the Right Place
NYPIRG’s 2020 Census Complete Count Campaign is working to ensure that all New Yorkers get counted in the 2020 Census. From Western and Central New York, to the Hudson Valley, to New York City, to Long Island, we are reaching out to students and residents through informational tables, local and on-campus events, community and classroom presentations, and the media. Our Get Out the Count efforts are centered around direct community interactions to encourage New Yorkers to self-respond to the census.

For more information about this campaign, please call (212) 822-0299 or email census@nypirg.org.

Census Bureau Phone Lines

English: (844) 330-2020
Spanish: (844) 468-2020
Chinese (Mandarin): (844) 391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese): (844) 398-2020
Vietnamese: (844) 461-2020
Korean: (844) 392-2020
Russian: (844) 417-2020
Arabic: (844) 416-2020
Tagalog: (844) 478-2020
Polish: (844) 479-2020
French: (844) 494-2020
Haitian Creole: (844) 477-2020
Portuguese: (844) 474-2020
Japanese: (844) 460-2020