LIVINGSTON, NJ — With the majority of residents currently in quarantine and thinking of little else besides the rapidly spreading COVID-19 disease, the Township of Livingston is reminding residents that completing their 2020 Census form is a quick and easy way to help their community right from their homes.

According to Mayor Rudy Fernandez, the current response rate in New Jersey is 23 percent while Livingston’s response rate stands at 30.1 percent. The deadline for completing the 2020 Census has been extended due to the global health crisis.

“The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade,” the mayor said in a joint statement with the township council. “That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. Let’s make sure Livingston gets counted…Let’s all do our part to get to 100 percent.”

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Every 10 years, as mandated by the United States Constitution, the census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the census provides “critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers and many others use to provide daily services, products and support for you and your community.

“Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other resources based on census data,” the Census Bureau states on its website, adding that the results also help determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts as well.

Respondents will be asked a few simple questions about themselves and the others who live in their household, such as each household member’s name, age, gender, race, relationship to respondent, etc. The purpose of these questions is to help the Census Bureau develop data about families, households and other groups to be used for future planning and funding of government programs that support families, including people raising children alone.

Forms for the 2020 Census can be completed online, by mail or via telephone. Visit my2020census.gov to begin.