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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Time is Running Out for the 2020 Census

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau began its full, nationwide follow up, with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Up to 500,000 census takers across the country will go door to door to assist people in responding to the 2020 Census. Based on the current self-response rate of 65.4%, the Census Bureau estimates it will need to visit about 56 million addresses to collect responses in person.

With only six and a half weeks to go until the Census Bureau’s September 30 completion deadline, this ‘Nonresponse Follow-up’ (NRFU) operation is the final stage of conducting the once-a-decade population count of everyone living in the United States.

Please remind your residents that they can still respond online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received. Those that do so will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.

Those who choose to wait for personal contact can expect census takers to make multiple attempts to count residents at each housing unit address. In addition, phone calls may be used when in-person contact attempts have not resulted in an interview. If a voicemail is available, the census taker will leave a message asking the household to call one of the Census Bureau’s call centers.

After exhausting their efforts to do an in-person interview with a resident of an occupied housing unit, Census employees may seek out proxy sources — a neighbor, a rental agent, a building manager or some other knowledgeable person familiar with the housing unit — to obtain as much basic information about the occupants as possible.

Let your residents know that Census Takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact the New York Regional Census Center, which covers New Jersey operations, at 212-882-7100, to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

At this moment, New Jersey’s response rate is 65.4%, twenty-first, nationally. This week, we want to highlight the top-ranking municipality in each county.

  • Bergen County – Glen Rock (88.5%)
  • Union County – Berkeley Heights (85.3%)
  • Morris County – Mountain Lakes (84.7%)
  • Essex County - Glen Ridge (84.7%)
  • Middlesex County – Cranbury Township (84.1%)
  • Burlington County (tie) – Mansfield Township and Medford Lakes (82.6%)
  • Warren County – Greenwich Township (82.3%)
  • Passaic County – Ringwood (82.2%)
  • Hunterdon County – Bethlehem Township (82.2%)
  • Camden County – Audubon Park (82%)
  • Somerset County – Bernards Township (81.4%)
  • Monmouth County – Little Silver (81.3%)
  • Gloucester County – Wenonah (80.3%)
  • Mercer County – West Windsor (79.8%)
  • Atlantic County – Weymouth (77.6%)
  • Ocean County – Manchester Township (76.6%)
  • Sussex County – Fredon Township (76.4%)
  • Salem County – Pilesgrove Township (75.3%)
  • Cumberland County – Stow Creek (70.7%)
  • Cape May County – Dennis Township (64.9%)
  • Hudson County – Hoboken (64.3%)

Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, jmoran@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x121.

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