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On Monday, September 20, 2010, the Census Bureau Philadelphia Region hosted their NJ Census 2010 Thank You event at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.

We are honored that the Census Bureau chose Ocean County for their only New Jersey event due to the great enthusiasm and hard work of all our Census partners and residents.

Thanks to your efforts, the County will be better able to capitalize on Census data, to apply for additional social services, block grants, infrastructure improvements, and other funding opportunities essential to our County.

Special guests included Fernando E. Armstrong, Regional Director of the Philadelphia Regional Census Center and Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari. Awards were given out to those Census partners who went "above and beyond." Music was provided by Evolution Quartet and the Walnut Street Elementary School Census Chorus.


Fernardo Armstrong awarding Freeholder Joseph Vicari a plaque and a clock to "countdown to Census 2020."

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Thank You event.


Message from Freeholder Vicari

Watch Freeholder Vicari's interview on "Eye on Ocean County," aired Nov. 9, 2009.
Length: 26:00
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Courtesy: Beach Baby Productions, LLC.

The 2010 Census is of extreme importance to the people of Ocean County. The Census serves as a basis for the allocation of state and federal grant funds, for determining elected representation and is used every day by government and private businesses.

New Jersey came up just 15,187 people short of the population needed to keep its 13th seat in the House of Representatives, based on a 2008 population estimate.

What's at stake is also the allocation of state and federal grant funds for Ocean County's infrastructure improvements and services, especially for its most vulnerable residents.

An accurate count of the County's population in the Census is critical and for that we need everyone's help.

Freeholder Vicari with Philadelphia Regional Director Fernando Armstrong.
HERE TO HELP -- Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, left, Ocean County Census liaison, and OceanFirst Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Vito R. Nardelli, right, are pictured with Steve Lang of the U.S. Census. Mr. Nardelli volunteered working space at all OceanFirst branches in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to serve as Census Questionnaire Assistance Centers in support of the Census complete count efforts.  
CENSUS TEAM-- Census staff members, Mark Haviland, left, Brick, Amie DelVecchio, Bayville and Thomas Reilly, Manahawkin, carried a banner in the Ocean County Saint Patrick's Day parade reminding residents to return their questionnaires. Youngsters lent a cheerful helping hand.

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What is the Census?

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Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation conducts a census — an effort to count every person living in the United States. This multibillion-dollar operation requires years of planning and more than a half million temporary workers.

The key to this endeavor is having every household fill out and mail back a completed census form.

View a sample census form.
  • It’s easy. – The census questionnaire takes only a few minutes to answer and return by mail.
  • It’s confidential. – Your responses are protected by law (Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 9). All Census Bureau employees have taken an oath to protect confidentiality and are subject to a jail term, a fine – or both – for disclosing any information that could identify a respondent or household.
  • It’s required by law. – The information you provide is combined with responses provided by your neighbors and other households across the country, to provide summary statistical data that are used by various local, state and federal agencies.

Why is the Census Important to Ocean County?

Census data affects funding for your community, your community’s representation in Congress and your community’s planning decisions.
  • Census affects your voice in Congress:
    • Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census is also used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to redistrict state legislatures.
    • NJ Could Lose House Seat (Herald News, Jan. 7, 2009)
      New Jersey came up just 15,187 people short of the population needed to keep its 13th seat in the House of Representatives and its delegation would shrink to 12, based on Census Bureau population estimates for 2008 analyzed by a Virginia consulting firm in 2009.
  • Census affects your representation in state and local government:
    • Census data are used to define legislature districts, school district assignment areas and other important functional areas of government.
Federal and State Funding for Infrastructure Improvements:
  • Census data directly affect how more than $300 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improvements, public health, education, transportation and much more. That's more than $3 trillion over a 10-year period.
  • Census data is the foundation of identifying Designated Target Neighborhoods (DTN’s), which determine where Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are allocated.
  • CDBG Programs include assistance to municipalities with infrastructure improvements, handicapped access, transportation, senior services, and to residents with the First-Time Homebuyers Program, HOME Housing Rehabilitation Program, Tenant-based Rental Assistance, etc.
Census informs your community's decisions:
  • The census is like a snapshot that helps define who we are as a nation. Data about changes in your community are crucial to many planning decisions, such as where to provide services for the elderly, where to build new roads and schools, or where to locate job training centers.
  • The business community also uses the census data to make decisions such as locating in an area and marketing to target populations.


Ocean County Census 2010 Activities

  Complete Count Committees ~ Key to a Successful Census

One way to help ensure that everyone is counted is to form Complete Count Committees in communities, municipalities, cities, counties, states and tribal governments across the country. Complete Count Committees are volunteer teams consisting of community leaders, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, media outlets and others who are appointed by elected officials and work together to make sure entire communities are counted.

The Complete Count Committee is charged with the job of promoting Census 2010 in the County. Activities include creating customized promotional materials, creating ways to dispel myths and alleviate fears about the privacy and confidentiality of census data and of the process, implementing awareness campaigns and making sure that there is assistance to those who need help completing the census form.

Ocean County's Complete Count Committee- a dream team of representatives from government, outreach, multi-cultural organizations, business, education and the private sector.

Ocean County Complete Count Committee members: (seated) Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari (center), Lucy Greene, Kim Bauer, Megan Schollmeyer, Valerie Bell, Dominic Rappoccio, Jane Maloney. (standing) Dr. Richard Parrish, Vicki Pecchioli, Karen Purcell, Keith Yost, Agnes Hebler, Menashe Miller, Moshe Gleiberman, John Brown, Jennifer McMahon, Grace Johnson, Lydia Valencia, David McKeon, Theodore Gooding, Michele Rivers, Jill Perez, Rev. Frederico Quezada, Dr. Bruce Greenfield. Michelle Green, Constance Becraft.
Not shown: Diane B. Ambrosio, Pamela Dong, Lynette Whiteman, Tom Mongelli, William Nally.
    New! Photo Album!   Complete Count Committee Brochure (283 KB)
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Address List Review and Geographical Review Programs

The County and its municipalities are also working with the Census Bureau on a number of other programs to prepare for Census 2010 and ensure that it is a complete and accurate census. Some programs involve reviewing the Census address list (LUCA) or providing the Census Bureau with new construction data to make sure the Census Bureau has an address list that is up to date. This winter 2009, the County is busy reviewing the geography of the statistical areas, such as the census tracts and block groups, that the census is based on and making recommendations.



Contact Information:


Ocean County Planning Department:
Vicki Pecchioli, Principal Planner

Ocean County Public Affairs:
Barbara W. Steele, Director

Ocean County Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191

US Census Bureau, Philadelphia Regional Office
833 Chestnut Street, Suite 504
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
(215) 717-1800 or 1-800-262-4236
FAX: (215) 717-0755
TDD: (215) 717-0894


Photo credits and Information Source(s):
U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office (PIO);
Ocean County Department of Public Affairs

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