Hoboken urges residents to complete the census

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On National Census Day, April 1, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla is urging Hoboken residents to respond to the 2020 Census.

As of April 1, only 39.7 percent of Hoboken households had responded to the Census.

Residents can respond to the 2020 Census over the phone, by mail or through an online questionnaire at http://www.2020census.gov.

The self-response period runs until August 14.

 “Now, more than ever, it’s so important for Hoboken residents to fill out the 2020 Census,” said Mayor Bhalla. “Hoboken will be asking for its fair share of funding from the state and federal government to help with the COVID-19 crisis, and the population determined by the census will have a major impact in determining what we receive. This is an easy way for residents to help our city while self-isolating from home, and I encourage everyone to complete the questionnaire as soon as possible.”

Every ten years the United States Census Bureau takes a snapshot of the country on April 1 to gather population data. This data then informs the distribution of over $675 billion of federal funding for schools, infrastructure, healthcare, first responders, and so much more. The Census also determines Congressional, state, and local legislative district boundaries.

In 2010, Hoboken passed a critical threshold of 50,000 residents through the Census by five people. This resulted in tens of thousands of dollars for Hoboken and local nonprofits over the past ten years.

Response rates are available to the public and updated daily at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html.