TLS Report: Lakewood’s Census Participation Rate AT 73%, Hispanic Community Remains Low At About 50%

census spanish sign glatt biteThe Census is in full swing all across the nation. The national mail response rate is at 71% and the New Jersey Response rate is at 71%. That’s lower than the year 2000 response rate. But at 73%, the Lakewood Township is doing extremely well. TLS has been in touch with some of Lakewood’s Complete Count Committee members and they were really positive about the community’s participation. “We’re doing really well. While the State of New Jersey’s and the national response rate are below the 2000 average the Lakewood Response rate has surpassed it.” As far as response in the various communities, the Hispanic response still remains low at about 50%. What’s unfortunate is that we recently saw a unanimous school board elections vote all across New Jersey to lower taxes and the vast majority of the Hispanic community benefits tremendously from education.

Mayor Langert recently met with the Public school Children that performed a Census Skit at the Township and said to them “you are the face of our cities future”.

One of the Complete Count committee Members told TLS “We’d really like to try and push for an Increase in the Hispanic response. With the mail back deadline of May 1st quickly approaching, It’s important that we continue to reach out to them and encourage them all mail back their forms. And although there have been recent setbacks in the Hispanic Community, such as the Muster zone ordinance and the ICE rumors which have greatly reduced the response due to fear, we really need to make sure that we get the proper funding for the Hispanic community’s needs”.

He added, “While we all want to lower our taxes – It’s important that we understand the funding dynamics that are required to keep Lakewood the wonderful place that it is. The least we can do is provide the Government accurate numbers of our community’s needs  lest we jeopardize “the face of our city’s future”.

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  1. I am assuming that the % is based on the numbers of homes it was sent to. What % of those homes included their basement tenants?

  2. They know how many houses there are based on the addresses, which 73% responded, but they don’t know how many people are in each house (especially if there is a basement tenant)

  3. Will there only be a handful of Hispanics come the next 10 years? Why should they send it in? Are they only being used to get the numbers up? What about the afro-americans who sent theirs in 2000? How many of them still live in town? They seem to have been replaced by the Hispanics. Who will replace them, in 10 years?

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