2020 Census Information

Statement from the Mayor & Township Council on 2020 Census Participation

We strongly encourage the residents of the Township of Scotch Plains to complete their 2020 Census questionnaires. Mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the Census is a civic activity, which requires a count of our population to be taken every ten years.   


Specifically, data from the 2020 Census will be used to:

  • Ensure that our community receives its fair share of funding for schools, public safety, hospitals, roads, libraries & more.
  • Determine the number of congressional seats New Jersey is allocated in the US House of Representatives.
  • Provide our local officials and businesses with critical data used to make long term planning decisions.  

In 2010, Scotch Plains had an 87 percent response rate. While this is an excellent response rate, we are committed to obtaining a complete and accurate count in 2020. That 13 percent low non-response rate could mean the difference between more or less funding for our community.   


Answer online at www.my2020census.gov/ or call 1-844-330-2020 to or mail it in! Shape your future by filling our your 2020 Census today.


We want to remind our residents that answers to Census questionnaires are completely confidential and sharing or revealing answers on questionnaires is punishable by federal law.  Make sure everyone in your household is counted. Parents, Children, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Cousins, Roommates, — basically anyone living with you at the time you receive your Census questionnaire — are all considered members of your household. 


For more information about the 2020 Census, please visit www.census.gov. If you would like to speak with someone in Scotch Plains Town Hall regarding the Census, please contact Tom Strowe at (908) 322-6700 ext 317 or tstrowe@scotchplainsnj.com


Thank you in advance and please help spread the word to ensure we get a complete and accurate Census Count in 2020!   



Mayor & Township Council                                                                 

Al Smith, Mayor                                                                                   

Josh Losardo, Deputy Mayor                                                               

Ted Spera, Councilman                                             

Elizabeth Stamler, Councilwoman                               

Roshan “Roc” White, Councilman     


Complete Count Committee                                                           

Al Smith (Mayor/Chairman)

Tom Strowe (Township Census Coordinator)

Roc White (Council Liaison) 

Joan Mast/Debbie Saridaki (Public Schools)

Michelle Willis (Library)

Lisa Mohn (Business Leader)

Shawn Wallace (Faith-Based Leader)

Kim Decker (YMCA/Organization Leader)

Mike Goldstein (JCC/Organization Leader)

Scotch Plains Releases Rock the Census Music Video ft. Billy Wilkins

Senator Bob Mendez Promotes 2020 Census Participation

Senator Bob Menendez explains why its important for every New Jerseyan to be counted in the 2020 Census. We lose more than $20,000 for every person not counted over the next 10 years. 


So let's ensure New Jersey gets its fair share of federal dollars for the next 10 years by responding to the #2020Census now. Answer online at my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020 or mail it in! #ShapeYourFuture

Letter to the Editor: The Census Is an Invaluable Tool for Businesses; Let's Get to 100% Participation

In honor of Local & State Business Community Week, we are urging all residents, who haven’t already, to please complete their 2020 Census. The Census is an invaluable tool for businesses, as it provides valuable data on population trends, growth projections, and demographic information.


A complete Census count can lead to more jobs and new businesses in our community as Census data is used to help businesses with decision-making and hiring strategies. An inaccurate Census count means business decisions will be made based on faulty information. We don’t want to lose out on economic development opportunities because of an incomplete Census count. 


Click here to read the entire Letter to the Editor on TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood. 

Important Links

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How to Identify Census Bureau Telephone Interviewers


2020 Census: What College Students Need to Know to Be Counted in the Right Place

Powerpoint Presentation: 2020 Census Information Session and Town Hall

Click here or on the graphic above to view the Powerpoint presentation of the 2020 Information Session and Town Hall at St. John’s Baptist Church (2387 Morse Ave). 


The event was organized by the Scotch Plains Census Complete Count Committee and helped prepare residents in advance of receiving their census questionnaires in mid to late March. The information session and Town Hall meeting provided residents with critical information about the importance of the 2020 Census. 


For those who are interested in watching the event, it is available on YouTube.   


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