2020 Census – Why It is Important

Posted on November 9, 2019

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.

“Somerset County relies on federal funding to support many of the services we offer residents. Municipalities, schools and local agencies that serve the community also rely on federal funding,” said Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine. “We are asking all of our residents to complete the census, because the more accurate the population count, the more funding we may be allocated in the future.

To raise awareness and reach as many people as possible, we have built a diverse team, consisting of scores of individuals representing varied constituencies, so that we can thoroughly capture our full census count,” said Freeholder Director Levine.

Local Complete Count Committee

Somerset County is collaborating with municipal officials and local agencies to reach all segments of our community. To support this initiative, a local Complete Count Committee was established by the county Planning Board and a logo, which states that “Everyone Counts in Somerset County,” was created.

Representatives from the New Jersey Department of State and U.S. Census Bureau participated in the local Complete Count Committee’s first meeting, held Sept. 19. In attendance were elected officials, county and municipal staff and representatives from the Somerset County Business Partnership, Somerset County Library System, Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, the League of Women Voters of Somerset and Hunterdon, United Way of Northern New Jersey and the AARP.

County Planning Director Walter C. Lane opened the program and Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine offered the welcome. New Jersey Department of State Constituent Relations Manager Eric S. Kipnis followed with an overview of the New Jersey Complete Count Commission’s outreach initiatives.

Deputy Regional Director Ian Hull, New York Regional Census Center, discussed new ways the census will be made available in 2020 and efforts being made to keep the information secure. Partnership Specialist for Somerset and Hunterdon counties Dr. Allison Jackson, New York Regional Census Center, reviewed opportunities for the center to support Somerset County’s outreach efforts. Copies of the presentations can be found under the “Somerset County Complete Count Committee” on the county’s website at   http://bit.ly/SC_2020Census.

For additional information, contact Somerset County Director of Planning Walter Lane at (908) 231-7021 or PlanningBd@co.somerset.nj.us.

Source: Somerset County Planning