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Posted Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Weekly Data Shows Morris County Count Highest in Eight States and Puerto Rico

Morris County’s self-reporting rate for the U.S. Census 2020 Count this past week hit 77.60 percent, putting it at the top among all counties in New Jersey as well as in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island and Vermont, according to the New York Regional Office of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Morris County #1 in Northeast Region for Census Self-ReportingThe data report was released at the same time New Jersey’s state-wide rate of self-reporting hit a record 68.2 percent, surpassing rates reported for the 1990, 2000, and the 2010 Census.

A full count of residents is key to insuring Morris County is not shortchanged in getting federal dollars for county programs over the next decade. The process of filling out the Census questionnaire has been made safe and easy for residents, and it can make the difference in what Morris County can expect to receive in federal aid for housing, childcare, education, senior and disabled programs, and for transportation, and county road and bridge projects.

Chart Showing Morris County Top Ranking in Census Self-Reporting

Source: Northeast Regional Office of the U.S. Census Bureau

Key Reasons to Get a Full Count:

  • More than 300 federal spending programs rely on data derived from the Census to guide the geographic distribution of funds to states, counties, cities, and households.
  • Programs that are vital to Morris County, such as Medicare, assistance to older residents and children, transportation and housing programs, community health and environmental programs, and bridge repairs and replacements, among others, are dependent on federal aid.
  • Business and industry use Census data to help determine where to locate their stores and franchises, bringing in new and important jobs.
  • Our state’s representation in Congress also is determined by the Census, with 435 seats in the House of Representatives determined by the Census.

Complete the Census at 2020CENSUS.GOV or over the phone at 844-330-2020 (English), 844-468-2020 (Spanish) or any of the other language numbers listed at CENSUS.NJ.GOV.