Census 2020

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. Click here for a program list.

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.

As part of the New Jersey Complete Count Commission, New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) will be serving as a kiosk for the New Jersey community where people can come to our offices (listed below) and complete the Census.

Additionally, NJCA staff will be conducting Census Presentations for organizations. If you are a member of an organization interested in learning about the census, we can provide a presentation to your group (minimum of 10 people in attendance). For more information, please contact: Liz at 732-246-4772, ext. 126 or Mariela at 973-643-8800, ext. 233.

NJCA Kiosk Locations: Monday – Friday: 10AM – 4PM

Economic Security Center – 165 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Main Office – 625 Broad Street, Suite 270, Newark, NJ 07102
973-643-8800 – Contact Michelle at Ext. 210

Central Jersey – 75 Raritan Avenue, Suite 200, Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-246-4772 – Contact Lynn at Ext. 110

General census information

Census 2020 Flyer: What you need to know. Available in English or Español

U.S. Census Bureau: 2020 Census at a Glance

U.S. Census Bureau: 2020 Census Timeline

U.S. Census Bureau: Milestones and Timeline

Census Counts national webpage

Census Bureau Community Outreach kit

Census job site

Materials provided in partnership from Advocates for Children of New Jersey, for more information on the Census, please visit their website at https://acnj.org/census2020nj/.