Why is the Census so important?
Every 10 years, the U.S. is mandated by the constitution to count every person in the country. The next decennial count, the 2020 Census, is coming up in March-April 2020. It is important that every person is counted, but in New Jersey there are many residents that are "hard to count." That is why outreach and education efforts are necessary to ensure everyone is counted.
Nearly $23 billion in federal funding for New Jersey depends on Census counts, including Medicaid, hospital funding, Title I school funding, child care, student loans, highway and transportation funding and school meals programs.
Over 150,000 children under age 5 live in hard-to-count areas in New Jersey, and 27,000 young children were missed in the 2010 Census.
About the Census 2020 NJ Coalition
The Census 2020 NJ Coalition is a statewide outreach and awareness campaign to coordinate nonprofit and community-based efforts to ensure an accurate 2020 Census count for our state. The coalition is working together with the State of New Jersey Complete Count Commission and the U.S. Census Bureau to make sure the public has clear, accurate information about the importance of the upcoming Census.
Census Resources for New Jersey
Help spread the word.
Make sure everyone in New Jersey is counted. Join our census list to receive updates with events, messages and materials you can share with your family, friends and community.
Be Census 2020 Ready
Upcoming Census Events
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey show how households with children are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in near-real-time. Read more.
Though Census operations have been postponed, the reference date (April 1st) has not changed. It is important to complete your Census as soon as possible.
Our annual Newark Kids Count showcases why the 2020 Census is vital for community supports.
Read testimony from Kids Count coordinator Alana Vega on the importance of the Census.