Lakewood Surpasses National And State Census Response Rate

census 1930 orphanage_wm(Photo of a list of the orphans that were residing in the Hebrew Orphans Asylum of the City of New York as of April 1st, 1930. The 1930 Census is the latest one to be released after a 72 year confidentiality law.) At 74%, Lakewood’s mail back response in the Census was phenomenal as compared to the rest of Ocean County. Most Townships in Ocean County have seen their responses drop when compared to the 2000 response. Toms River Township went down 5 percentage points, Brick and Manchester Townships dropped 4, and Jackson Township dropped three. There were only three townships in Ocean County that have seen a percentage rise in the mail back response; Ocean Township up one, Stafford Township up eight and Lakewood Township up two.

Lakewood has surpassed the National and state average, both standing at 72%, by 2 points. Not only that – Lakewood is from the only eight Townships throughout Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties that beat the 2000 response.

On Wednesday, Census Bureau director Robert Groves attributed the strong national mail participation rate of 72 percent to the bureau’s advertising and outreach campaign, which helped overcome growing public apathy toward surveys as well as distrust of the government. But he said it remained uncertain how that will translate to “how the American public reacts when we knock on their door.”

“The census is not over,” said Groves, who noted the non-respondents were disproportionately low-income, lesser-educated or renters. “For those of you who haven’t been counted in the 2010 census, this is your moment.”

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  1. Not “Lakewood is FROM the only…”
    rather, “Lakewood is one of only…”
    Remember, you are writing English, not Yiddish.

  2. This is just the first step. Now census workers will go door to door in an attempt to include nonresponders in the count. The final tally won’t be for several months.

  3. “So did we make it? Are we a City?”

    I hope not, the beauty of town is being raked over everyday and the Smart Plan is the rake.

  4. to #1

    In New Jersey population does not dictate whether a community is a township, town, borough or city. The form of government under which the community incorporates dictates its title. Lakewood is a township because we use a township committee with 5 members who take turns being mayor. To be a city Lakewood would have to re-incorporate under a different form of government which would include a mayor who is directly elected by the voters and 7 council members. Six council members would be elected represent 2 wards (3 each) and 1 would be elected at large. Personally, I would like Lakewood to re-incorporate because I would like to be able to vote for who is mayor, none of this taking turns nonsense.

  5. First of all, #9, the form of government DOES NOT dictate the title of the community. It is the population at dictates the title of the community. You would know that if you ever read the statues of the NJ CONSTITUTION. As a law student, I need to know all this.

  6. to #10

    As a matter of fact i have read them and here is the statute NJSA:40A:61-1 and at no point in any of the variations that i have read is population listed as a requirement. However in all the variations it indicates that if Lakewood wants to become the City of Lakewood rather then the Township of Lakewood it must change from a committee form of government to a seperately elected mayor and council. So rather then make rude comments and assumptions how about you provide something to back up your statement and discuss this civily. If i’m wrong, i’m wrong, but i am not wrong simply because a law student claims i am. Please provide me with any information and cite were you got it as i have have for you. Maybe there is another statute that i am not aware of or missed that outlines population requirements but NJSA:40A:61-1 does not have a population requiremnet. Further if population was a requirement then how do you explain the City of Corbin City in Atlantic County, NJ which has a population of 468 making it the states smallest city in terms of population. Lakewood’s current official population count is 60,352 which would clearly make us much more of a city if population dictated what constitutes a city. The only time population has come up is statute 40A:6-4 which discusses the classification of communities that are already incorporated as cities, it uses population to determine what class of city they are 1st-4th. So again if i’m wrong, i’m wrong but please explain and cite why i am wrong.

  7. you should quit law school #10 because #9 is right, it only took me 5 mins to look it up myself on google and from what i read he sounds right

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