Chase County hits halfway point in Census response
The U.S. 2020 Census is underway, and the Census Bureau, in coordination with health officials, started field operations in select areas in the beginning of the month.
The field operations will consist of following up with households that have not responded, so a report can be given to President Trump in December.
As of Tuesday, the nationwide response rate was 59.6%.
Nebraska came in more than that with 60.1%. Chase County sits at 50.5%, while as a city, Imperial has a 49.1% response rate.
Imperial Community Development Director Tyler Pribbeno said one reason Imperial is behind in response is probably due to residents not receiving information.
“We’ve had a lot of calls that people haven’t gotten their census stuff in the mail,” Pribbeno said, “and then we’ve heard from a lot of other people that they received it in the mail but it didn’t have their physical address on it.”
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories, which include Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
According to the U.S. Census website, the census provides critical data to provide daily services, products and support to Americans.
“Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other resources based on census data,” the website states.
Census results also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
The Census can be completed online at 2020 census.gov.
Click on the “Respond” button in the upper right corner and click “Start Questionnaire.”
If information with a Census ID hasn’t been received, click the link below the login button to input the physical address.