ELIZCounts 2020 Census


census2020 2On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the United States will participate in a nationwide Census, counting everyone in the country. The City of Elizabeth is asking for the help of all of our residents to complete the 2020 Census, as the information collected will allow us to better serve our community.

We formed an ElizCounts Committee to assist in the 2020 Census process and answer all of the questions you may have. The accuracy of the Census count is vital to ensure Elizabeth receives the proper funding and programming to meet all of the needs of our constituents.

Residents will be able to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail. The Census Bureau also offers language assistance, making it easy and convenient for all Elizabeth residents to complete the Census.

We ask that everyone rise to the occasion, do their part to be involved, to be included and to be counted, because each person makes our community stronger.  

If you would like to stay up to date on the Census, or get involved with Elizabeth’s effort to get an accurate Census count, please continue to visit this page for links and information.


Mayor Bollwage on Census 2020 at the US Conference of Mayors


Why does the 2020 Census matter?

How can participating help your community?

Click the video below to find out 





Earn extra income while helping your community. The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. 


Join The 2020 Census Team, here’s how to apply online: 2020CENSUS.GOV/JOBS

For More Information or help applying, please call:

Federal Relay Service:
1-800-877-8339 TTY/ASCII

The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer


People who live in New Jersey could miss out on a lot if everyone is not counted in the Census. New Jersey could lose out on the political representation it deserves. And people and communities could be denied money that they need for schools, community health care, jobs, and transportation.

In 2016, New Jersey received more than $22 billion from federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. New Jersey can’t afford to miss out!

Contact these New Jersey partners to get involved. The Census Counts. So do you.

State Contacts:

Advocates for Children of New Jersey 

Peter Chen

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice 

Patricia Williamson

Featured Resources

New Jersey Complete Count Commission
The State Complete Count Commission is planning outreach strategy for a campaign organized by state government to improve Census accuracy in 2020. Visit the Commission’s Website
Factsheets on Hard-to-Count Communities
The Fund for New Jersey created fact sheets for hard-to-count populations by legislative and Congressional district in NJ available on their website. See the Fact Sheets
Census 2020 NJ Coalition
The Census 2020 NJ Coalition is a statewide outreach and awareness campaign to coordinate nonprofit and community-based efforts to ensure an accurate 2020 Census count for our state. The Census 2020 NJ Coalition is working together with the State of New Jersey Complete Count Commission and the U.S. Census Bureau to make sure the public has clear, accurate information about the importance of the upcoming Census. Visit the Coalition’s Website

Guide to Completing the 2020 Census Online

This video will introduce you to the 2020 Census, present a quick overview of the online questionnaire, and help you answer the questions.

What kind of questions will be asked?

The 2020 Census is easy. You will answer a simple questionnaire about yourself and everyone who is living with you on April 1, 2020.

Explore the questions you’ll be asked on your 2020 Census form. You’ll find tips for responding and information on how the Census Bureau will use your answers.

This is a sample of the paper questionnaire that will be used during the 2020 Census. This version excludes the URL and contact information.

Your Guide to the 2020 Census

Read instructions on how to complete the paper questionnaire.

DOWNLOAD PDF :  English [1.6 MB] Spanish/Español [1.4 MB] 
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Sample Copy of the 2020 Census Questionnaire

Sample Copy of the 2020 Census Invitation Letter

This is a sample of the invitation letter households will receive inviting them to respond to the 2020 Census online. This version excludes the URL, Census ID, and contact information.

English [< 1 MB]

The Census Will Never Ask Certain Questions

During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it’s a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.

What Happens to Your Answers?

Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes.

Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home. Learn more about how we protect your information.


County of Union                                                                        Elizabeth Avenue Partnership

Shaping Elizabeth                                                                    Midtown Elizabeth Special Improvement District    

Jefferson Park Ministries                                                          International Rescue Committee

NJ Youth Corps                                                                        The Institute of Music for Children

Elizabeth Public Schools                                                          Faith in New Jersey

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless                              The Housing Authority of Elizabeth

US Census                                                                                Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble

State of New Jersey                                                                  Literacy New Jersey

Elizabeth Public Library                                                             Josephine’s Place

CCCC of Union County                                                             Raphael’s Life House 

CASA of Union County                                                              Big Brothers Big Sisters of Union County 

Elizabeth Development Company

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