Update on 2020 Census

Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari is urging all Ocean County residents to fill out the 2020 Census if they haven’t already done so.

“The steps you take now to fill out the Census have an effect on federal and state funding for the next decade. This is the time to fill out the Census for 2020,” said Vicari. “The Census directly impacts the federal and state funding allocated to New Jersey and its counties, municipalities and communities.

“Gov. Murphy has been strongly encouraging everyone to fill out their Census forms,” Vicari said. “We need everyone’s participation. During the coronavirus pandemic we are hearing a lot about the need to financially assist businesses, seniors, health care providers. That money is based on Census participation figures. Now more than ever, we need everyone to be a part of this and fill out the Census.”

According to the Governor’s office, New Jersey ranks 21 out of 50 states in the number of completed census forms returned to the federal government. About 59 percent of the state’s residents have returned their forms.

Vicari said the recent $106 million federal CARES Act aid package to fight the COVID-19 crisis is an example of the kind of federal programs that can be impacted by the census.

“When the federal government looks to make an appropriation like this, they take census data into consideration,” he said. “This is just one example of why it is so important that each and every Ocean County resident is counted.”

The Census has taken place every 10 years since 1790, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution – an effort to count every person living in the United States.

The results of the Census affects the distribution of billions of dollars to states and communities every year for the next 10 years.

This is the first year where about 80 percent of residents have received a mailing directing them to complete the Census online at www.my2020census.gov. Residents can also submit their form by phone, or request a mail-in form by calling 1-800-923-8282.

Residents are encouraged to go to Ocean County’s 2020 Census Facebook page @OceanCounty2020Census to get updates regarding this year’s Census in Ocean County or check out the Census website, www.2020census.gov.

For more details please visit the Ocean County website – www.ocean.nj.us/home