NJ Censusus 2020


Atlantic County Complete Count Committee

Now more than ever it’s important to take the opportunity to respond to the Census by internet, phone, or by mail

U.S. Census 2020 logoWhat is the U.S. Census?

The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790. Learn more

Why is it important to have a full and accurate count?

Taking part is your civic duty and it's about fair representation.  The results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.  And it's about $675 billion.  The distribution of more that $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data.  The money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

How to get involved with the Census:

If you are interested in hosting a speaker for a civic organization to talk about the importance of the census, or would like materials to help promote the census contact Robert Lindaw your local Census representative, or get details here.

Jobs with the U.S. Census 2020

You can be a Census Taker - 2020 Census Jobs provide: Great pay, Flexible hours, Weekly pay, Paid training   For more information or help applying, please call 1-855-JOB-2020 or visit 2020census.gov/jobs

How and when the 2020 U.S. Census will ask you to respond

Find out about when the 2020 Census will start asking you to respond and the different ways you can respond here. Plus why they ask the questions they ask here.

2020 Census Rumors

The Census Bureau has a Fighting 2020 Census Rumors page! What a terrific tool in this age of misinformation and disinformation! 

Reporting a Rumor
Have you seen or heard something about the 2020 Census that is confusing? Let the Census Bureau know by contacting rumors@census.gov. Then be sure to spread the word to make sure everyone has the right information about the 2020 Census.

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Important Census Dates

  • January 21: The Census Bureau started counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially began in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
  • March 12 - March 20: Households received official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
  • April 1: This is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. We use this day to determine who is counted and where in the 2020 Census. When you respond, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home. You can respond before or after that date. We encourage you to respond as soon as you can.
  • April 16 – June 19: Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.
  • May 27 – August 14: Census takers will interview homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.


  • March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Simple answer: Yes. 

More complex answer: Respond when contacted the first time – if only to save taxpayers’ funds. 

If you are living in the United States, you are legally required to respond to the U.S. Census and could be subject to a fine or limited prison term for non-compliance or false answers. However, the U.S. Census Bureau is not a prosecuting agency; and failure to provide information is unlikely to result in a fine. Instead, Census Bureau staff work to achieve cooperation and high response rates by helping the public understand that responding to the Census is a matter of civic responsibility and that data from the census has benefits that span across government, industry, and profession. 

Moreover, your quick response to the Census will ensure cost-efficiency in the use of taxpayer funds for the conduct of the Census. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated that, in 2010, it cost the Census Bureau approximately $0.42 per housing unit if the household returned the survey that they received in the mail. On the other hand, if the initial survey was not answered, the Census Bureau had to spend another $98 per housing unit (or $57 per person) to collect the data. 

So help the Census Bureau keep its costs down—and save the taxpayers’ dollars—by responding to the first mail contact.

The Census Bureau will never ask for: 

  • Social Security numbers. 
  • Bank or credit card account numbers. 
  • Money or donations. 
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.

Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.

The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your mother’s maiden name
  • Money or donations
  • Credit card or bank account information
  • Your personal information through email

If a field representative comes to your home, he or she will always have official Census ID.

The general rule of thumb is to count people at their usual residence, which is defined as the place where they live and sleep most of the time. Still, in today’s world where everyone is on the go, sometimes that simple definition is not enough. See the document below for answers to many questions about how and where to count: people away from their residence on census day; people who live or stay in more than one place; college students; people in health care facilities; foreigners and visitors; U.S. military; homeless; and so many more residency situations.

The following toll-free numbers are available March 9-July 31, 2020 to answer your Census questions and provide assistance in completing your 2020 Census.

English 844-330-2020
Spanish 844-468-2020
Chinese (Mandarin) 844-391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese) 844-398-2020
Vietnamese 844-461-2020
Korean 844-392-2020
Russian 844-417-2020
Arabic 844-416-2020
Tagalog 844-478-2020
Polish 844-479-2020
French 844-494-2020
Haitian Creole 844-477-2020
Portuguese 844-474-2020
Japanese 844-460-2020
English (Puerto Rico residents) 844-418-2020
Spanish (Puerto Rico residents) 844-426-2020
Telephone Display Device (TDD) 844-467-2020

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Video Guide to Completing the 2020 Census Online

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Did you know?

The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.

Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

We are launching the NJ Friends and Family Census Outreach Project. It’s very basic and built on the notion of a phone tree. And it’s easily done from the comfort of your home.

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Earn extra income while helping your community to get a complete and accurate count for the 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.

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YB Counted Contest Winners

The League of Women Voters of Atlantic County sponsored a contest for public high school students in Atlantic County this fall focused on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census and its importance to all communities in the state. Students were invited to create videos and songs to encourage their families, friends, and fellow community members to participate in the census. 57 students submitted entries and the three top prize-winners can be seen below:

First Place
from Egg Harbor High School

Second Place
from Egg Harbor High School

Third Place
from Cedar Creek High School