The census is for everyone, regardless of your living situation, immigration, or citizenship status.
Every household is required by law to complete the census. Any person present in the United States on April 1 of a census year must be counted, even if you’re just visiting from another country.
If you are present in New York City on April 1, 2020, you should be included on the census form for the household where you are staying or residing.***
***Please note that if you were staying with someone temporarily on April 1 due to the COVID-19 situation, you should be counted where you usually live. This includes college students, who should still be counted at school, even if you are home early because of the COVID-19 situation. If you live in student housing, the college will count you. If you live off campus, you should respond for the off-campus address and include any roommates or other people living there.
Multiple Families Living in the Same Household
Everyone living in your household should be included on the 2020 Census, even if they are not listed on your lease or are renting a room from you without a lease.***
This includes people are just staying with you temporarily or short-term. For example, everyone living in a NYCHA apartment should be included on the household’s census questionnaire, even if not everyone living in the apartment is listed on the tenant agreement. This includes all children, family members and partners.
If there are multiple families living in your home (like in a sub-divided apartment or basement unit) each family can respond to the 2020 Census online or over the phone separately using the same address.
Under federal law, all personal information collected through the census is kept fully confidential, cannot be shared with anybody – including other federal agencies, law enforcement, and private individuals and entities, like landlords or employers. Information collected through the census cannot be used against you in any way.
***Please note that if someone was staying with you temporarily on April 1 due to the COVID-19 situation, they should be counted where they usually live. This includes college students, who should still be counted at school, even if they are home early because of the COVID-19 situation. If they live in student housing, the college will count them. If they live off campus, they should respond for the off-campus address and include any roommates or other people living there.
Children in Foster Care
Please make sure that you are including all children in foster care who are living and sleeping in your home no matter how young or old they are, no matter how long they have been in your home, and regardless of whether you are related to the children.
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.”
Learn about participating in the Census.