The latest 2020 Census response rates released show that Imperial County is falling behind in both the State and National self-response rates, according to a press release.
Imperial County’s self-response rate is 57 percent, which is below the State’s average of 64 percent, and 62.7 percent for the national self-response rate, according to the Census Bureau’s online response rate map.
“We’ve completed our ‘Update Leave’ operation, which left paper questionnaires on many rural and remote properties. We hope those households will use those forms or go online to get counted,” said Julie Lam, Los Angeles regional director for the Census.
“Rural communities often need federal funds for essential services even more than other communities, so it’s important to respond now so those funds can be properly distributed. Once collected, their data is safe and protected by law.”
The Census Bureau’s online response rate map shows response rates by state, city, county, and census tract. Households who have yet to respond can complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Households that do not respond to the census will receive a visit from a census taker who will help them respond beginning August 11.
The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online at 2020census.gov. Households can respond online in English or 12 other languages or by phone. Households can also respond by mail using the paper questionnaire.
As required by the US Constitution, the once-a-decade census must count every person living in the United States. Census data are the basis for the democratic system of government, ensuring that representation in government is equally distributed. Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.
For more information, visit 2020census.gov.