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.

Census Resources for New Jersey

Census toolkit

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Annotated Powerpoint Presentation

Background Information

Contains Frequently Asked Questions and Q&A for Stakeholders Supporting the 2020 Census

Sample Census Questionnaire


Contains the ACNJ One Page Fact Sheet, ACNJ Young Child Fact Sheet, 2020 Census and Confidentiality fact sheet, and Count Me! Census Stickers

Outreach Resources

Contains Monthly Ambassador Activities, Sample Text/Email Messages, Census Bureau and Complete Count Committee Contacts, and We Count! Picture Book

Census Ambassador Commitment Cards and Training Evaluation

Feel free to download, print and share the materials within the toolkit

Resources for advocates and local communities

Census NJ 2020 Presentation (English) (Spanish)

Census Bureau Community Outreach kit

NALEO Census explainers for individuals (English) (Spanish)

The Census 2020 is Coming: What You Need to Know (English) (Spanish)

Listing of local complete count committees

Census guide to establishing local complete count committees

Census job site

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Why is the Census so important?

  • 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. (View full list of programs.)
  • About 22% of New Jersey residents (almost 1.9 million people) live in a hard-to-count area. (See ACNJ's hard-to-count maps.)
  • New Jersey has some of the hardest-to-count cities and congressional districts in the nation. (View an interactive map of hard-to-count areas.)
  • Nearly 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.

What is 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 Census 2020 NJ 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.