The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is Sept. 30.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you’ve heard local government officials talking about the Census, that’s because higher participation translates to more money for their constituencies in the form of federal funding.

Census Bureau estimates indicate that for each person counted, a community receives about $1,800 annually, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way told local government officials in a recent notice.

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“In a town of 10,000 that means $18 million annually and $180 million over the next 10 years,” Way said. “The higher the number counted, the greater our chances of receiving our fair share of federal dollars over the next 10 years.”

The Census also impacts representation in federal government, she noted. The deadline to fill out the 2020 Census is Sept. 30.

As of Monday, Sept. 21, Union County’s census self-response rate stood at 70.5%, just above the statewide participation rate of 68.6% and also above the national rate of 66.2%.

A town-by-town look at the figures, however, reveal disparities in the self-response rates, with Berkeley Heights logging the highest rate at 87.3% and Elizabeth logging the lowest rate at 57.2%.

Here’s Union County’s breakdown of self-response rates as of Monday, Sept. 21:

Municipality/Area

Participation Rate

Berkeley Heights

87.30%

New Providence

85.70%

Scotch Plains

84.70%

Fanwood 

84.10%

Westfield

83.60%

Winfield

83.50%

Cranford

83.20%

Clark

83%

Mountainside

82.50%

Kenilworth

78.60%

Springfield

78.20%

Summit

78.20%

Union Twp

76.30%

Roselle Park

75.30%

Garwood

74.70%

Union County (All Municipalities)

70.50%

Rahway

70%

Linden

69.50%

New Jersey (All Municipalities)

68.60%

Roselle

67.40%

Hillside

66.70%

Plainfield

57.90%

Elizabeth  

57.20%

 

 

 To take the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.