Consumer Alert on Completing Census

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) today issued guidance to New Yorkers to follow when completing the Census. From March 12-20, New York households will be receiving the official Census Bureau mailing with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

As we gear up to begin the count for the 2020 Census, we want to make sure all New Yorkers are armed with key information about the process to ensure a complete count,” said New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “Under the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, we are engaging with our hard-to-reach communities, helping to ensure every single New Yorker is counted and New York gets its fair share of federal funding. Completing the Census is safe and easy, and there are a variety of resources available to New Yorkers who may need additional help.

Below is key information on the upcoming Census count for all New Yorkers to keep in mind when completing the Census:

Be Aware of Key Dates. Between March 12 and March 20, New York households will be begin receiving the official U.S. Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond. You should complete the Census questionnaire as soon as you get it. Once you complete the form, you cannot make any changes so you should complete the form to include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020, Census Day. From May to July, Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

Three Ways to Respond. There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census: online, by phone or by mail. Households will receive information in the mail with detailed information on how to respond.

Questions Asked.The Census asks how many people are living in your house as of April 1, 2020. The Census will ask 10 basic questions: name; number of people living or staying in the home on April 1, 2020; whether residence is a house, apartment, or mobile home; telephone number (only to be used if needed for official Census Bureau business); sex; age; date of birth; Hispanic origin; race; relationship with other household members.

The Census will never ask for immigration status, social security numbers, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party or for your bank or credit card account numbers.

Find more key information from the New York State Department of State.

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