“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)
Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate – The Church of Alexandria

St. Mary & St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
Reaching out to Somerset and Hunterdon Counties in NJ

2020 US Census


Between March 12 and March 20, all households in the United States will start receiving official Census information from the United States Census Bureau.


  • The Census Bureau contacted the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America directly to encourage the Coptic community’s participation.
  • Responses may be submitted online, by phone, and by regular mail.
  • Citizens and NON-CITIZENS are to be counted.
  • Our community’s response is critical because the Census affects:
    • Funding for federal programs, libraries, Medicaid, etc.
    • Each person who fails to submit a Census response results in a $20,000 reduction in federal funding in the county where that person presides
    • Congressional seats are based on an accurate count of the number of people who live in a specific area
    • The Coptic community’s participation in the Census cements our presence in U.S. history;
  • All ethnic Copts should identify as “EGYPTIAN” under “race” when responding to the Census (**Remember Coptic is not considered a race or ethnicity under U.S. law)
  • U.S. Census is safe, secure, and confidential. None of the information may be shared with any type of law enforcement or immigration official.
  • Copts may apply for hundreds of thousands of temporary paying Census jobs: 2020census.gov/jobs