Census Takers Week!
Census takers have begun knocking on doors of Maplewood residents who have not yet answered the 2020 Census. The census takers will have proper identification and be wearing face coverings. Please answer the door when the census taker comes by and make sure you too are wearing a face covering.
You can still answer the 2020 Census on-line by going to www.my2020census.gov
A full Census count determines our representation in Trenton and Washington. It also is the basis for the state and federal funding we received for our schools, roads and parks. And it even impacts the amount of money we get to deal with COVD-19.
We want to make sure you count, that everyone in Maplewood counts and all of us are counted.
Here are the percentages of self responses for the 6 Census tracts in Maplewood as of August 9th:
#194 (Jefferson School area) 86.6%
#195 (Columbia High School area) 89.3%
#196 (Clinton School area) 66.7%
#197 (Seth Boyden area) 63.5%
#198 (Tuscan School area) 83.9%
#199 (Maplewood Middle School area) 82.3%
All Maplewood 74.8%
All Essex County 57.7%
All New Jersey 65.1%
The Governor is inviting Census Partners to join him for a brief Zoom meeting to kick off our final push. Details are below. Please note that as space is limited so please register if you are able to attend.
What: Zoom Census 2020 Rally with Governor Murphy
When: Aug 13, 2020 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join (sometimes this goes to junk mail files, so if you do not see it right away, please check there)
I filled out mine online, longest part was where they asked for background heritage crap. I have an ancestry account and even I’m like wtf, part Irish, some German, little bit of Italian. Doing research I’ve seen questions on previous censuses of “birthplace of parent” which I can understand, but this was just weird, especially considering that it’s been well over a hundred years since any of my ancestors were immigrants yet they want to know where we’re from? But even with that stupidity it wasn’t overly long or cumbersome to fill out.
I did run into a minor issue. The previous owners of my home tried to illegally, and very cheaply, turn it into a two family house, so I received two notices, one for my address and one listed as Number-A. I tried to respond that there was no Number-A, just Number, but I received notification that I will probably have a census taker come out for verification.
Considering that it is only once a decade, any inconvenience caused by this can be described as less than being bit by a mosquito.
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