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.

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.)
  • 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.

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.