Census arrives in Glen Rock

The 2020 Census arrives in Glen Rock.  Residents across the town will fill out the Census to make sure Glen Rock's population is represented correctly. In 2010, Glen Rock was undercounted by 12-13 percent, which could lead to less federal funding for the town.

The 2020 Census arrives in Glen Rock. Residents across the town will fill out the Census to make sure Glen Rock's population is represented correctly. In 2010, Glen Rock was undercounted by 12-13 percent, which could lead to less federal funding for the town.

by Andrew Kastelman, Business Development and Marketing Manager

Every new decade Glen Rock takes part in the Census. For Glen Rock, the Census is critical. In 2010, Glen Rock was undercounted by approximately 12-13 percent.

Between March 12-20, households across the country will receive information on how to respond to the Census, which can be completed online, by phone, or by mail. One person in each household, including both homeowners and renters, should respond on behalf of all members living at that residence. This is a fantastic activity to complete during social distancing.

Courtney Carbone, a member of Glen Rock’s Complete Count Committee, which promotes awareness and participation in the Census, has some reasons for Glen Rock’s underrepresentation.

“Living arrangements in society have become more informal and complex. Populations are more mobile, with people moving homes and traveling more frequently,” Carbone said.  “Our country has also become much more diverse, which means that the Census needs to be available in many different languages and formats.”

A correct count is necessary for the Census. The Census determines how many seats each state will have in the House of Representatives, and in 2010 New Jersey lost a seat. Additionally, the Census determines the allocation of approximately 675 billion dollars of federal funding, which can be used to support schools, roads, hospitals, and emergency response programs.

To improve accuracy for the 2020 Census, Glen Rock will improve efforts for certain hard-to-reach populations, such as renters, non-English speakers, senior citizens, and children ages 0-5.

For all United States residents, the Census is an important civic responsibility. A correct count is critical so leaders have accurate information about our community. Carbone thinks students must pay attention.

“As the leaders of tomorrow, it’s especially important for students to help ensure that when the time comes they have accurate information for devising government programs, enacting policies, and making informed decisions,” Carbone said.

Carbone stresses that everyone counts for the Census, no matter their age, race, ethnic group or citizenship status.

“We are all important in the census, just as we are all important in our community!” Carbone said.