Why the Census is Important
The Decennial Census is a leading source of quality data about the nation's people, places, housing and economy. The results are disseminated to and used by government agencies at all jurisdictional levels, public, private and non-profit entities and individuals and academic institutions for informing planning, investment, policy, resource allocation and other types of decisions. The United States' representative-based democracy is based on population counts derived from the Census. The Census used to facilitate the equitable distribution of public funds. It also helps us see how the United States and its communities are changing.
How to Access Decennial Census Data
Census data sources are protected by law. Personal information like names and addresses cannot be released for 70 years. Data is presented in summary fashion at different geographical levels ranging in size from the smallest Census Block level geography, to municipal, state and national levels. The Decennial Census includes information on Age, Hispanic or Latino Origin, Household Relationship, Race, Sex, Housing Tenure and Vacancy and much more. Access to Census data through the internet has been provided by the United States Census Bureau visit the following link;
2020 Census Preparation
Preparations are underway for the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau developed a 2020 Census Operational Plan, which describes the activities that have taken place, are underway or upcoming with regard to completing the 2020 Decennial Census process.
Local Community Involvement
Municipalities can get involved in promoting a complete count by establishing a local complete count committee, and by joining the Countywide Complete County Committee to be established by the County Planning Board in 2019. "Census in Schools" resources and other downloadable Census 2020 promotional materials and social media resources will become available later this year and through April 2019.
Census 2020 Employment Opportunities
Current job openings are available and employment opportunities of variable duration will be increasing in the months ahead. Visit the 2020 Census Jobs webpage regularly for updates and to apply on-line.
The U.S. Bureau of the Census established an on-line "American FactFinder" search engine through which the public can obtain data from the decennial census and the American Community Survey (one- and five- year summary data). The Somerset County Planning Division is also a resource for obtaining Census and other data.