PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ - Taken every 10 years, the U.S. Census is a count of every resident of the country, regardless of citizenship or legal status. 

Census results are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

By now, all residents should have received their Census form by mail and they have the option of filling out the form online, mail or by phone.

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As Passaic County continues to monitor the Coronavirus, it is working on ways to stress the importance of participating in the 2020 Census to residents. Passaic County currently only has a 43.3 percent response rate.

The Passaic County Complete Count Committee was recently formed to prepare residents to respond to the Census. It is headed by co-chairs Dr. Khyati Joshi and Miguel Diaz.

The committee has a website where it offers a bevy of information for residents and resources for towns and groups to help promote the Census. There are also links to “how-to” videos as all as multilingual videos in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali and Gujarati. Visit the site here

"We want to encourage residents to complete the Census while we are 'sheltering in-place,' and reinforce that an accurate count ensures future funding for emergency preparedness and disaster response, as well as community and school programs, and Meals on Wheels, senior services, and roads and transportation," said Freeholder John Bartlett.

Have questions about the census? E-mail census@passaiccountynj.org. Click here to respond to the Census questionnaire or for more information.