• Respond online now!

    Responding to the American Community Survey online is: Safe, secure and confidential—your information and privacy are protected. Economical—it's the least expensive way to respond to the survey—saving taxpayers money. Greener—it helps conserve paper. User-friendly—offering you help screens and the ability to review your answers.

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  • Respond to the Census by Phone now!

    You have the option of completing the questionnaire by phone. To begin, call 844-330-2020, or call the number associated with your preferred language below. Hours of Operation: Phone lines are open every day from 7am to 2am Eastern Time.

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  • The census will affect food assistance programs

    The 2020 Census will help officials plan for SNAP and other federal nutrition programs for the next 10 years. SNAP receives approximately $71 billion a year in federal funds, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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  • The Census is critical to Mercer County public schools

    Census data determines the distribution of: More than $14 billion in Title I grants that help schools serve more than 24 million students from low-income families; $11.3 billion in special education grants to the states; About $13.6 billion for the National School Lunch Program; Plus funds for the Head Start preschool program and grants to improve teacher quality.

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  • Protecting Your Privacy and Data

    The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.

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  • Volunteer Today!

    The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to assist with the 2020 Census. Join us and help shape the future of your community.

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The importance of an accurate Census count

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems. Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education. The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.

Census Facts

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 366,513 people, 133,155 households, and 89,480.160 families living in Mercer County

How To Respond

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: Online. By phone. By mail. In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.

Mercer County has county routes, state routes, U.S. Routes and Interstates that all pass through. As of 2010, the county had a total of 1,524.30 miles of roadways, of which 1,216.48 miles were maintained by the local municipality, 175.80 miles by Mercer County.

Data Privacy

Being responsible stewards of your data is not only required by law, it is embedded in Census Bureau culture. Strict policies and statistical safeguards help protect the confidentiality of your information. Before releasing data products, the Census Bureau verifies that they meet its confidentiality standards.

Mercer County had a gross domestic product (GDP) of $28.5 billion in 2018, which was ranked 9th in the state and represented an increase of 2.3% from the previous year.

Volunteer

The Census is conducted every 10 years. This is your opportunity to be a part of history and help make our community better for everyone.

New Jersey has the No. 1 public schools in the nation. In Education Week’s 23rd annual ranking, New Jersey schools earned the top honor, for the first time, with an overall rating of 87.8, a few hundredths of a percentage point ahead of Massachusetts.

Impact on Mercer County

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems. Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education. The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.

There are Three ways to respond to the Census

Online
After you receive your invitation to fill out the Census, you will be able to respond Online.
Phone
After you receive your invitation to fill out the Census, you will be able to respond by Phone.
Mail
Most areas of the county are likely to respond online, so most households will receive a letter asking them to go online to complete the census questionnaire. Only some households will receive paper forms in mid-March. If you have not filled out your census form by April 8, 2020 a paper questionnaire will be sent.