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Make sure Poughkeepsie counts! Take the Census Online

Take the Census phone: The 2020 Census can be completed by phone in the following languages:

The deadline to be counted is September 30 – help make sure Poughkeepsie gets what it deserves.

Filling out your own census is the first step in making sure your community will get important resources and representation over the next decade—but there’s even more you can do! Completing the census positively impacts education, healthcare, infrastructure, and so much more. 

Learn more about the Census.

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.

Get Counted at the Library! The Library District provides free access to computers with secure internet connection for those who wish to complete the Census online.

Taking the census is important because the data obtained is used to:

  • Determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College;
  • Redistrict boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts;
  •  Make decisions about how and where to spend more than $800 billion dollars in federal money, each year, for programs and services that communities rely on including but not limited to:
    • Schools
    • Infrastructure such as roads
    • Neighborhood revitalization
    • Public safety/emergency preparedness
    • Economic development

The Questions:

1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment or mobile home on April 1, 2020?
2. Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020, that you did not include in Question 1?
3. Is this a house, apartment, or mobile home ?[mark one box] 4. What is your telephone number?
5. What is Person 1’s name?
6. What is Person 1’s sex? [ mark one box: male or female] 7. What is Person 1’s age and what is Person 1’s date of birth? (as of April 1, 2020)
8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?
9. What is Person 1’s race?
10. Print name of Person 2.
11. Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?
12. How is this person related to Person 1?

Click here to see an informational copy of the 2020 Census print questionnaire. Click here to see an explanation of why each question is asked.

The decennial 2020 Census is a vital snapshot of the nation, crucial to continued federal funding and representation. All personal information that is collected in each census is kept highly confidential, and no information given to the Census Bureau can be accessed by any other governmental agencies or the public for 72 years. All Census Bureau employees are required to take an oath to protect your personal information for life.

View the 2020 Census Help & FAQs page for more information.

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library‘s Complete Count Committee compiled a list of FAQs that can be viewed here.

The American Library Association has put together a handbook to help libraries prepare for the census, you can view or download a copy here. There is also a very helpful resource guide created by the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council with new and updated information to keep everything current. You can view that libguide here.

Contacting the U.S. Census Bureau

There are several ways that you can contact the U.S. Census Bureau for support.

For general questions: Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, or call 301-763-INFO (4636) or 800-923-8282.

For information on services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: Call the TTY number at 800-877-8339 to reach the Federal Relay Service.

For current partners: National partners can email the Census Bureau at census.partners@census.gov. State and local organizations can find a partnership representative in their area on our Regional Census Centers page.

For prospective partners: Learn how you can join us.

For media-related inquiries: Email the Public Information Office at pio@census.gov or call 301-763-3030.