RED BANK, NJ: In March, the U.S. Census Bureau began mailing invitations to households across the country asking for residents to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. The Census counts every living person in the United States and 5 U.S. territories. This count is required by the U.S. Constitution and is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a non-partisan government entity.

County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is encouraging all Monmouth County residents to complete the Census as soon as possible, as it provides important data that is evaluated for federal funding, as well as congressional and state legislative representation. 

“While our residents are situated at home during the health crisis we find ourselves in, I encourage everyone to take a few moments to fill out the questionnaire,” said Clerk Hanlon.  “It has never been easier to respond to a U.S. Census.  Residents can respond online by visiting, via  phone  by calling the number provided in your invitation, or by completing the paper survey received through the mail.”

Please click here to watch a short video explaining what the U.S. Census is and how to participate.

Many residents have had questions about whether the mailings they have received are legitimate. You can verify if a mailing is from the U.S. Census Bureau in the following ways:

If you receive a survey or a letter in the mail from the Census Bureau, the envelope will contain information that can help you verify its legitimacy. For example, the “U.S. Census Bureau” or “U.S. Department of Commerce” may be listed in the return address, as the U.S. Department of Commerce is the Census Bureau’s parent agency. Also, “Jefferson, IN” may be listed in the return address as the Census Bureau has a mail processing center located there.

The Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  •  Money or donations.

It is also important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census.

Reporting Suspected Fraud

If you suspect fraud, call 844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

Changes Due to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations and will be suspending field operations until April 15, 2020. 

Respond today! Information on how to respond to the 2020 Census can be found by visiting

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