2020 Census

The 2020 Census counts the population of everyone in the United States. It is required by the U.S. Constitution and takes place every ten years.

Why is it important for our community?

*It determines how many seats we get in Congress.
*It determines the funding for programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, Headstart, Pell Grants, school lunches, children’s health insurance, highway planning and construction, public transportation, community development, and employment and training.

Starting March 12, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You can respond online, or by phone or mail, and you can respond in 12 other languages besides English.

The Patterson Library provides computers for our patrons to complete the 2020 Census online. Just be sure to bring your 2020 Census invitation with you.

Contact Information for the New York Regional Office
(212) 584-3400 or
TDD: (212) 478-4793

Explore the questions you will be asked to answer on the 2020 Census


FAQs about the Census, including how the U.S. Census Bureau will use your responses


Information on how to avoid U.S. Census-related frauds and scams


Check out this short video on the safety of your personal information with the U.S. Census Bureau