2020 Census Participation Matters!

Posted on January 15, 2020

Why the Census is Important

A national census is conducted every ten years. Data collected from the Census not only determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives but also how $675 billion dollars in federal funding is allocated annually.  Its count is also used for an accurate and fair redistricting of state legislative seats, county and municipal councils, and voting districts.

  • The 2020 count will be the first one to allow all households to respond online. Paper forms will still be available, and, for the first time, 1-800 numbers will be available to give responses over the phone.
  • There are also still local job opportunities available to help with distribution of information about the Census and working towards high compliance/participation (see below).

Census 101: What You Need to Know
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Download at: www.census.gov/library/fact-sheets/2019/dec/census101.html
[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Important Message from the Census Bureau

Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. Our nation’s founders believed these data were so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution.

In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online and by phone, but you can still respond by mail if you prefer. Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual or business.

Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, or any other agency) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.

The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.

To make sure you and your community are counted, learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting https://2020census.gov.

Video: “What is the Census”   https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census.html

FAQs on 2020 Census  https://www2.census.gov/about/partners/general/2020-faqs.pdf?#

Avoiding Phishing & Other Fraud Attempts https://2020census.gov/en/avoiding-fraud.html

Census 2020 job opportunities:





Questions about New Jersey’s complete count initiatives can be addressed to 609-777-2581.

Source: NJ Dept. of Community Affairs

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]