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Less than 30 days left to be counted in U.S. Census

Posted Sept. 2, 2020

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Now is the time to be counted in the 2020 Census. Data collection will end Sept. 30, and the U.S. Census Bureau is encouraging everyone in Fort Worth to respond between now and the deadline.

Currently, North Texas has a 68.1% total response rate, which includes self-response and nonresponse follow-up operations. Texas has recorded a 79.5% total response rate.

A complete and accurate count is vital for all of North Texas. If households are not counted, the North Texas area could miss out on its share of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding and it could also affect its apportionment in Congress.

Approximately 5,300 census takers are working in North Texas to visit households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. In most cases, census workers will make multiple attempts at each housing unit to count residents in that household. (Census takers will be wearing masks and are trained in social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance.) If no one is home at the time of the visit, the census taker will leave a notice of visit, which includes information on how the household can self-respond to the census.

Even though census takers are working in the field, it is not too late to self-respond to the 2020 Census and limit the chances of a census taker visiting a person’s home. People can respond online, by phone at 844-330-2020 (English), 844-468-2020 (Spanish) or by mailing back the paper form that was delivered to the household.

Additional response collection methods

In addition to census takers in the field, the Census Bureau is using additional ways to collect responses to the 2020 Census. Census takers have been trained to call some households that have not yet responded and leave a voicemail if no one answers. The Census Bureau has also sent out a seventh mailing, which includes an additional paper questionnaire to households that receive mail at a physical address.

The Census Bureau’s Mobile Questionnaire Assistance program is visiting locations across the state to encourage and assist people to self-respond to the 2020 Census. Representatives have visited grocery stores, food banks, libraries, unemployment offices, back-to-school drives and houses of worship. The goal is to reach people at locations where they naturally congregate to assist with completing questionnaires and answer questions that the public may have.

The Census Bureau has a statutory deadline to deliver apportionment data by Dec. 31, 2020. The mission is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

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