Time Running Out to Complete 2020 Census

The final push by the U.S. Census Bureau to count the last of uncounted Americans is underway. The Bureau estimates that 91.8% of the population has been counted for the 2020 Census. 

According to statistics from the Census Bureau, Michigan has a 97% response rate at this point. Over 70% of those responses were considered “self responses”, with the remainder being contacted by the Census Bureau. Nationally, 65.8% of Americans are considered to be “self-responders”. 

In St. Clair County, the self-response rate is estimated to be around 76% so far, with 52.4% of respondents using the online option to complete the census.

According to the Census Bureau, “The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade.”

The census collection period is set to end on September 20 with reports being generated as soon as December 2020 and legislative redistricting counts done by March 31, 2021. Full reports can be found at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates

Reporting for WGRT- Jennie McClelland