The data from the 2020 census is collected for:


  • Census data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Census data determines how Congressional and State legislative districts are drawn
  • Census data determines how voting precincts are drawn
  • Census data determines how School Districts are drawn


Some of the federal funding that Jersey City receives is:

  • Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant – which insures we have an adequate number for Fire and Emergency Response to serve the residents of Jersey City
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program – which provides food, nutrition counseling, health education, and support to pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children
  • Community Service Block Grant – which funds local non-profits that support our community through serving the homeless, caring for Seniors in need, supporting youth development, and much more
  • Senior Nutrition Program – which provides Meals on Wheels and Senior Lunch at various Senior Lunch Sites throughout the City


  • Census data helps City planners determine the needs of our residents (Do we need more schools, parks, senior centers, emergency services, etc…)
  • Census data helps community groups better understand the community that they serve and what their needs are


  • Census data helps businesses determine the need of the community for their goods and services
  • Census data helps businesses determine if they will be able to recruit employees from the community


When Jersey City residents are not counted in the Census, our community loses funding for programs like Medicaid, SNAP, housing vouchers, and education grants, all derived from the count. When residents are not counted in the Census, we lose out on funding that was meant for them, to serve their needs.

The Census count impacts our influence too. New Jersey lost a Congressional seat in 2013 after losing another in 1993. New Jersey now has 12 congressional districts, the lowest number since 1933, which limits the state’s impact on federal decisions.

Research shows that children, homeless, lower income, lower education, English language learners, undocumented immigrants, and racial/ethnic minorities are least likely to be enumerated properly. Jersey City is one of the most diverse Cities in the nation and home to many of these undercounted populations. We are asking your help to influence your friends and neighbors to participate in the upcoming 2020 Census.

An inaccurate count of Jersey City leads to inequitable, and unequal political representation and unequal access to vital public and private resources for these groups and their communities.

For more information on Jersey City’s “Hard to Count” status, take a look at this interactive map.

Supreme Court Decision on the Citizenship Question

As per the Supreme Court Decision on June 27th, 2019 there will be no question on the 2020 Census that asks for the respondent’s citizenship status. Click HERE for more information.