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NJ census responses lag slightly behind national average

Cape May County trails the pack

By Nikita Biryukov, March 24 2020 11:24 am

New Jerseyans have so far responded to the 2020 census at a rate slightly lower than the national average.

As of Sunday, 20.1% of the state’s residents returned responses to the decennial count of the nation’s citizens, with residents in Cape May County trailing the rest of the pack.

Just 10.5% of that county’s residents have responded to the census online, by phone or mail.

Just 32.6% of Cape May County residents responded to the 2010 census, about half the final response rate of New Jersey’s other counties.

Nationally, 21% have responded to this year’s survey.

At 24.9%, Warren County boasts the highest per-capita response rate. Burlington County is close behind with 24.1% of its residents self-reporting demographic information to the Census Bureau.

Essex and Hudson counties also trail the rest of the state in number of responses submitted.

In Hudson, 15.2% of residents have answered the bureau’s question. In Essex, that number is a slightly higher 15.8%.

Locally, Manchester leads the rest of the state’s municipalities in number of residents who have replied to the survey. There, 42.9% of residents have responded to the census, with a little more than a quarter of those responses coming in online.

Manchester’s 11.6% online response rate lags behind the statewide rate of 18.3%.

Long Beach boasts the lowest per-capita rate of replies in the state. Just 4.7% of residents there have returned answers to the bureau’s queries.

In 2010, just 14% of the tiny Ocean County municipality answered census questions.

The counts conducted by the census decide how many congressional districts each state receives. They also impact how much aid states receive from the federal government.

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