NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey has reached a self-response rate of 68.1 percent for the 2020 Census, Secretary of State Tahesha Way, chair of the New Jersey Complete Count Commission, announced on Sept. 19, surpassing the last three censuses in self-response.The 1990 Census self-response rate was 65 percent, the 2000 Census self-response rate was 68 percent and the 2010 Census self-response rate was 67.6 percent.

“The Census is critical for New Jersey to prepare for a strong future, as this will determine federal funds as well as representation in Congress,” said Gov. Murphy. “I thank everyone who has responded – whether it be online or working directly with a Census taker. If you haven’t completed the Census, make sure you’re counted today.” 

“Our hard work over these last several months is paying off – thank you to our network of County and local governments, nonprofits, local complete count committees and New Jersey residents for stepping up to the plate during these unprecedented times by spreading the word about the Census and filling it out,” said Secretary Way. “I’m especially proud of New Jersey’s self-response rate in this difficult time, with the COVID-19 pandemic pushing many of our efforts online.

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“As we approach the finish line we must push hard,” Secretary Way continued. “We need every New Jersey resident to fill out the Census today to ensure everyone’s voice is heard over the next decade.”

New Jersey residents who have not yet completed the 2020 Census are encouraged to do so before the Sept. 30 deadline. Data collected from this year’s Census will determine whether New Jersey receives more than an estimated $45 billion in annual federal funds. Many federally funded programs are informed by Census data, from emergency planning and response to investments in education, health care, infrastructure and economic development. Census data also are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats New Jersey has in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by federal law to keep Census responses confidential and use the data for statistics only. To increase the number of responses, Census in-person employees, or enumerators, are following up with households who have not yet completed the 2020 Census online, over the phone or through the mail. Enumerators carry valid ID badges that feature their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.

The Census can be completed online at 2020CENSUS.GOV, over the phone by calling 844-330-2020 and by paper through the mail. Residents who do not have their unique 12-digit number received on a Census invitation mailed to their homes, still can complete the Census online at 2020CENSUS.GOV. For more information, visit CENSUS.NJ.GOV.


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