GLEN ROCK, NJ – The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government take a count of the population every ten years. The results of the U.S. Census are vital to each community in determining how many representatives each state gets in Congress and affects the distribution of Federal funding. Private industry also uses Census data in determining where to open businesses. 

The 2020 Census began on April 1, 2020 with residents responding online, by phone, or by mail. Glen Rock’s response rate has been the highest in the state at just under 90%. 

During the month of August, the Census will enter its final phase and you will see census takers in your neighborhood as they help conduct quality check interviews and collect the final remaining responses. 

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It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for: 

• Your Social Security number. 

• Your bank account or credit card numbers. 

• Money or donations. 

If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity: 

• First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. 

• If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. 

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.