Efforts Underway to Maximize Census Count in New Jersey

Colleen O’Dea | October 18, 2019 | NJ Spotlight |

 

With less than six months to Census Day, federal officials have finished their preparatory work in the state

With less than six months until Census Day, federal officials have finished their preparatory work in New Jersey and officials here are ramping up efforts to get the most accurate count of all residents.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau completed its address-canvassing effort in the state, which involved about 500 workers verifying addresses in each county to ensure the bureau asks people living in every housing unit to complete next year’s decennial population count, said Roberto Frugone of the agency’s New York Regional center.

A count of the nation’s population is mandated by the Constitution to occur every 10 years. April 1 is the official 2020 Census Day.

To get the most accurate count of housing units, the bureau consulted with the U.S. Postal Service and state and local officials, and also used computer software to compare satellite imagery to locate new developments and changes in homes since the 2010 Census. Officials verified 65 percent of addresses nationwide using satellite imagery.

 

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