Time to be Counted

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Next month, the Census Bureau will send out an invitation to every address on its list for everyone to be counted in Census 2020.  It is very important for all of us to take part in Census 2020.  We all need to be counted – children, adults, citizens, non-citizens, immigrants and American-born.  There is no question about citizenship on the census form.  Whatever your citizenship status, the City of Bayonne encourages you to take part in Census 2020.

Every ten years, the federal government counts all of the residents of the United States and its territories.  The population count determines how many Representatives each state will have in Congress.  The federal government also uses population figures to help distribute $700 billion to state and local governments.  The more that Bayonne people get counted, the more money we get from the federal government at the local level.  That money goes to schools, hospitals, roads, social services, public safety, and other programs.

On or between March 12 and 20, Bayonne households will receive a mailing from the Census Bureau asking to be counted in Census 2020.  In 2020, for the first time, we will be able to be counted by way of the Internet.  Please follow the instructions next month in your census mailing.  If you do not have Internet access, you will be able to use computers at the Bayonne Public Library.  You will also be able to get help from the Office of the Mayor and the Office On Aging at City Hall, and from the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) at 22nd Street and Kennedy Boulevard.  You may also respond by telephone.

On or between March 16 and March 24, Bayonne households will receive a reminder letter about the census from the Census Bureau.

If you have not responded by late March, you’ll receive a reminder postcard on or between March 26 and April 3.   Then the Census Bureau will send out a reminder letter and a paper census form on or between April 8 and 16.  You would have the option of mailing in that paper form. Finally, the Census Bureau will send a final reminder postcard on or between April 20 and 27.  From May to July, census takers will visit homes that have not responded to the census.

Census 2020 is coming. Stand up and be counted.  Make it count for Bayonne.