PATERSON, NJ - Paterson residents who have not yet been counted in Census 2020 can expect a friendly knock on their doors starting Monday as census takers begin canvassing local homes to assist residents complete the 10 questions that will help determine Paterson share of federal funding for the next ten years.

In following current health guidelines, census takers will be wearing masks and maintaining social distancing as much as possible while visiting homes. Those hired to help with the once a decade count are from the area and, if you are not home, will leave a notice in both English and Spanish about how to respond to the census online or by telephone.

Residents are encouraged to always ask census takers to provide a valid ID badge with their photo, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census takers will not ask for social security numbers, immigration status, bank account information or payment. 

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“Census takers are working hard to make sure that every Paterson resident gets counted,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said, reminding residents that census counting is now expected to conclude on September 30. “In less than 10 minutes every resident can make 10 years worth of difference for our city.”

Click here to complete the census online.

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