Census 2020

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What Is the 2020 Census?
A Census message from Deena Caswell, Supervisor of Outreach & Diversity

Are you curious about how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census? Stay up to date with a map of self-response rates from across the United States. Start here.

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

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).

All originally scheduled mailings, including mailing a paper questionnaire to households that haven’t responded yet, have now been delivered. Residents can respond onlineby phone, or by mail until October 31. Door-to-door follow-up with households that haven’t responded yet, will begin August 11.

For more information, visit the 2020 Census websiteClick here to view a sample Census Questionnaire.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. This is your chance to play a part in history and help ensure that everyone in your community is counted!

Jobseekers can begin filling out an application online and visit the job details page for more information about qualifications and what to expect.

The New Jersey Complete Count Commission and the New Jersey Department of State are working together to ensure that we get a complete Census 2020 count in New Jersey. 

Visit their website at census.nj.gov and follow them on Instagram @NJCensus2020.

NJ Census 2020 – Social Services Week (June 1 - 7)

This week, NJ Census 2020 is highlighting Social Services in New Jersey and the impact Census data has on them. Find out more from New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way in this special video message.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines social services as programs and services that improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Census data helps determine where more than $45 billion in annual federal funding goes in New Jersey. So having an accurate count of our population and what their needs are is important for funding for necessary social welfare and insurance programs.

Some of those major federal, state and local social welfare programs include:

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), including Pass through Child Support
  • General Assistance (GA)

Some of the major federal, state and local social insurance programs are:

  • Social Security (self and on behalf of a dependent child)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs benefits (except Veterans pension)
  • Unemployment Insurance Compensation
  • Workers’ compensation

For every 100 people not counted, a community loses an estimated $1.2 million annually in federal funds for programs such as Medicaid, social services block grants and vocational education.

These social services are going to be more important than ever for our residents as our state recovers from COVID-19.

In terms of public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) data collection methodology for the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is based on the Census. The CDC, the HHS and researchers in many fields use the NHIS to track issues ranging from disease to barriers to care to federal programs’ success – again, this will be of tremendous importance as our state recovers from COVID-19.

Census data can also inform funding for New Jersey’s nonprofit organizations, which provide important care, assistance, grants and programs that supplement government services.

  • Decisions about a foundation or nonprofit’s focus and investments may depend on how federal funds are distributed and what remaining community needs exist.
  • The 2020 Census’ detailed demographic data also helps to shape most of the other federal data surveys, which help inform grants and the outcomes our N.J. nonprofits seek to address.


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