Census Help

The U.S. Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 Census on Sept. 30, 2020. If you haven't filled out your census form, visit https://my2020census.gov today!

Do You Have Questions About the 2020 Census?

Call the Queens Public Library census helpline at 718-990-4163.

Submit questions in your own language through our census help forms: 


Census Back-to-School Events with the Friends of Queens Public Library

Come get school supplies and help your community get its fair share of federal funding by filling out the census! The more people the census counts in your community, the more money you will have for your schools, hospitals, roads, and even libraries! The U.S. Census Bureau will be there to assist you and people who take the census on the spot will receive an extra gift.  Giveaways available while supplies last. 

Saturday, September 12, 10am-1pm, Cambria Heights Library
Tuesday, September 15, 1pm-4pm, East Elmhurst Library
Thursday, September 17, 1pm-4pm, Long Island City Library
Saturday, September 19, 10am-1pm, Ridgewood Library 
Saturday, September 19, 10am-1pm, Laurelton Library 


Dance Counts | We All Count with the CUNY Dance Initiative 

NYC choreographers stand up to dance and be counted! Watch original tap, street, swing, and contemporary dances sparked by the critical nature of the 2020 census, and listen in on a conversation about arts and activism and how the pandemic is shifting these choreographers’ approaches to their work. Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC. 

Tuesday, September 22, 3pm

Queens Gets Counted!
A Census 2020 Program Presented by Queens Night Market, Queens Museum, Queens Public Library & Association for a Better New York

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 12–5pm

Join us for Queens Gets Counted! an all day celebration and civic initiative to ensure Queens is accurately represented in the 2020 Census featuring live and pre-recorded performances in an online program from 12-2pm and tabling and giveaways at locations throughout the borough from 12-5pm. Spread the word, bring your friends, and get counted at the event to win cool giveaways! (details below)

Live Online Program
12pm – 2:30pm

Tune in for two hours of great local entertainment, while also learning why the US Census is so vital to Queens and New York and competing for online giveaways. Link coming soon! 

12pm – 12:30pm: Family friendly programming including a magic show by Roque the Magician, juggling, and an animal show by Queens Zoo.
12:30pm – 1pm: Performances include local bands, all-women Afro-Brazilian percussion by Batalá NY, traditional dance, and cooking demos from Queens Night Market vendors.
1pm – 2pm: All Vinyl and Soul Brunch with DJ Ralph McDaniels.
2pm – 2:30pm: Performances by SungBeats and Grupo Rebolu

Borough-Wide Census Tabling – Meet Us On The Block!
12pm – 5pm

Queens Gets Counted! will have dozens of tables all over Queens where you can complete your census on the spot and take home awesome giveaways! Even if you’ve already taken the census, claim some swag by bringing a bunch of friends who haven’t taken the census. 

Find us at any of these partner venues:

  • Queens Museum
  • New York Hall of Science
  • MinKwon Center for Community Action
  • Flushing Town Hall
  • Queensboro Football Club
  • Sunnyside Shines
  • Commonpoint Queens
  • Corona Plaza via QEDC
  • Queens Community House
  • Queens Public Library
  • Queens Zoo
  • La Jornada via US Census Bureau (Flushing)
  • The United States Tennis Association (USTA)
  • Community Board 4
  • Douglaston LDC
  • Office of Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz
  • Caribbean Equality Project
  • BlaQue Resource Network
  • Chhaya CDC
  • Astoria Mutual Aid Network
  • Queens Theatre
  • FMCP – Soccer Fields
  • FMCP – David Dinkins Circle
  • FMCP – Meadow Lake East
  • Queens Center Mall
  • South Queens Women’s March
  • Chinese Christian Herald Crusades
  • Queens Borough President Sharon Lee

Read our list of frequently asked questions about the census.

Watch our Facebook Live Ask the Census Bureau videos in several different languages.

The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to count everyone living in the country every 10 years. This official count of the population is called a census, and the next United States census takes place in 2020. It will also be the first primarily digital census, where people are encouraged to fill in their information online

The quickest way to respond to the 2020 Census is online with your Census ID. You can use any Internet connection and complete your census form online here. You can still respond even if you don't have a Census ID. 

Census data will determine how more than $650 billion in federal government resources will be distributed over for the next decade to every state, and where schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers, and other services are built. Federal programs rely on census data, and so does our democracy—these data determine how many seats New York will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and how district lines are drawn at all levels of government.

If we improve the response rate from historically undercounted populations like people of color, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community, the census will provide reliable data to inform advocates, policymakers, and researchers working on issues important to them. (The 2020 Census won’t ask about your sexual orientation and gender identity, but it will count cohabiting same-sex couples for the first time.)

Let’s make sure every New Yorker counts in 2020!




Census 101: What You Need to Know (Census Bureau)

What Does the Questionnaire Look Like? (Census Bureau)

Who Should Be Counted Where? (Census Bureau)

Information on the Census Translated (Census Bureau)



Census 2020: A Deep Dive (Let's Talk Democracy)

Why We Ask (Census Bureau)

What Does the Census Fund? (Counting for Dollars New York)

A List of Programs that the Census Funds in New York City (Pg 10, Table 1)

Businesses and the Census (ABNY)

Why Your Company Should Become a 2020 Census Partner (Census Bureau)

Why the Census Matters to Girls, the Environment, and More (Georgetown Poverty Center)

Top 500 At-Risk Tracts (Rockefeller Institute of Government)



Key Census Dates (Census Outreach)

What the First Mailer Looks Like (Census Bureau)

The Internet Self-Response Portal: What to Expect, Census Counts, and others

Safety and Security Online (Census Bureau)

Stay Safe While Filling out the Census (AARP)

How to Identify a Census Taker (Asian Americans Advancing Justice)

Areas to Receive 2020 census Paper Questionnaires First and Bilingual Invitations (Census Bureau)