Just Two Day Left To Mail Back Census Forms

STATE – There is still time… to mail back your census form. There are two days left to take 10 minutes to mail back your census form, and avoid having a census taker visit your household.

Households that return their forms after Friday, April 16, may still be visited by census workers, who begin going door-to-door to collect census responses on May 1.


As of Wednesday, New Jersey had caught up to the national response rate of 67 percent, but some areas had significantly lower participation.

Residents are encouraged to promptly mail back their forms, because census data are used to determine how more than $400 billion of federal funding is spent annually on community services, including hospitals, schools, senior centers, roads and job training centers.

“We are making one last push to get everyone to mail back their census forms, including holding more than 200 outreach events this past weekend in the New York metro area,” U.S. Census Bureau New York Regional Director Lester Farthing said. “Locals who do not mail back their forms by April 16 may be visited by a census worker in May.”

To view current data for any given town, city or state in the U.S., visit: www.2010census.gov/take10map.

The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to be conducted every 10 years. Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states; to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state, and tribal governments each year; and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census form will be one of the shortest in U.S. history and consists of just 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete.

Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.

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