Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – With April 1 being recognized as National Census Day, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari wants to remind everyone that it is imperative to participate in the 2020 Census.
"I cannot stress how important it is for all of us to do our part and fill out the 2020 Census form now if you haven't already," Vicari said. "It is more than just answering some questions on a form, the Census count has a significant impact on federal and state funding allocated to New Jersey and its counties, municipalities and communities."
While April 1 is considered National Census Day, Census 2020 forms were mailed out in March. 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 Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders today recognized April 1 as National Census Day with a Board proclamation.
"We have made every effort to get the word out about the Census," Vicari said. "We have been working tirelessly since last year emphasizing why all of our residents need to fill out the census."
New this year, about 80 percent of residents received a mailing directing them to complete the Census online. Residents can also submit their form by phone, or request a mail-in form by calling 1-800-923-8282 as well.
Vicari also emphasized that Census data and the collection of the data is strictly confidential and protected by Federal Law under Title 13.
The information on the census questionnaire cannot be used for any other purpose or shared with any other institutions or agencies.
Vicari noted that in addition to funding, the results of the Census also determines how Congress is apportioned.
"These are key factors in us obtaining our fair share of funding for vital programs and services, such as important infrastructure improvements, senior services, public health, education, transportation, and block grant programs," he said.
Additionally, Ocean County is unique because of the number of snowbirds – people that spend winters elsewhere – that live in the County.
"The guiding principal for the Census is "usual residence" which is defined as the place where the person lives and sleeps most of the time," Vicari said. "So with more than 170,000 seniors living in Ocean County, it is important our snowbirds who live in Ocean County most of the year are counted."
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.