Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The 2020 Census Self-Response Rate Map

Currently only 63.4% of households have responded to the 2020 census by phone, internet or post. The U.S. census is carried out every ten years and plays a huge role in how much money is spent in your area on health clinics, educational services and on other important infrastructure. The census is also used for apportioning seats in congress and the number of Electoral College votes your state has.

You can see the self-reporting rates for the 2020 census on the Hard to Count interactive map. Using the map you can view the current state and county self-response rates for this year's census and compare these rates to the self-response rates for the past two censuses. Currently Alaska (49.8%) and New Mexico (53.4%) are the two states with the lowest self-response rates. Although the self-response rate in Puerto Rico at 28.1% is even worse.

Many census experts believe that the Trump administration's attempts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census (which was overruled by the Supreme Court) may still be suppressing responses to the census in areas with large immigrant communities.

The United States 2020 Census website also maps self-response rates at both the state and county levels. The U.S. 2020 Census map also allows you to compare this year's self-response rate with that of the 2010 census.

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