What is the Census?
The Census is a national survey — done every 10 years — that needs to officially count every person living in the United States.
The goal of the Census is to count everyone, and it doesn’t matter if you are a U.S. citizen or not. In fact, the survey will not even ask. We encourage everyone to participate, and Middlesex County is here to help!
What does the Census ask?
The Census survey should only take about 10 minutes!
Is it safe?
Your responses to the 2020 U.S. Census are protected by law.
Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot release any information that identifies you to anyone — not even the police, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, or ICE.
The U.S. Census Bureau will NEVER publish private information, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and phone numbers.
Why should you participate in the 2020 U.S. Census?
Your response helps get:
- More money toward what you need
- Early childhood education
- Programs for students. Safe roads, bridges, and public transit systems
- And many other important programs
Better help in an emergency:
Knowing how many people live in an area is important for first responders to reach you quickly, and for FEMA to provide enough money and supplies.
New jobs in your community:
Businesses use population information to make decisions about where to add jobs and open new stores or offices.
Fair representation in Congress:
More people equals more House Representatives for NJ, who can bring our concerns to Washington, D.C.
How and when can you fill out the Census survey?
You should receive information by mail or email in March and April, and then you can choose how to reply:
Three Ways to Reply:
*Community Census Support Centers may have limited hours of operation, only be accepting visitors by appointment, or may be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call ahead to get the latest information.
Census Day is April 1, so you should respond to the Census as close to April 1 as you can!
Beginning in May, Census employees may follow up with you at home if you haven’t been able to fill out the Census survey yet. They can help you complete it and answer any questions you have about the Census.
Want to become a 2020 U.S. Census worker?
Brought to you in part by a grant from the Department of State Complete Count Commission.