Respond to 2020 census, Mayor urges

Residents in Drew County who have not responded to the 2020 U.S. Census have received or will be receiving another reminder in the mail soon, along with an estimated 69 million other households who have not responded to the census across the nation.
Around 53.4% of households across the country have already responded since invitations began arriving in mailboxes on March 12, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 
“The City of Monticello has a 45.9% self response rate as of Monday,  April 27,” said Monticello Mayor Paige Chase. “The State average is 48.9%, and the National response rate is 53.2%.”
Those households that have not yet responded to the census can expect to receive an in-person visit by a census taker to collect the information later this summer. 
According to the Census Bureau’s online response map tracking the nation’s participation in the census, almost 79 million households have already responded online, by phone or by mail.
Some areas where census takers were originally going to personally hand deliver forms will now receive a letter in the mail from the Census Bureau reminding them to participate, including many households in Puerto Rico. Even if households don’t receive a letter in the mail, the Census Bureau will drop off a census invitation and paper form as soon as it is safe to do so. Census takers will also follow up with all households that do not respond on their own.
States with the highest response rate include, (top five states):
• Minnesota      64.0%
• Iowa                 61.2%
• Wisconsin       60.8%
• Nebraska         60.7%
• Michigan         60.0%
Counties with 250,000 or more population with the highest response rate include (top five counties):
• Washington County, Minnesota         73.6%
• Anoka County, Minnesota                  72.9%
• Waukesha County, Wisconsin            72.5%
• Dakota County, Minnesota                 71.8%
• Macomb County, Michigan                70.2%
The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online at Households can respond online in English or 12 other languages or by phone. Households can also respond by mail using the paper questionnaire that was recently mailed to every non-responding address. Households that received a census invitation in the mail and have yet to respond will receive a paper questionnaire by Thursday, April 30.
Households will receive another reminder postcard in the mail between Monday, April 27, and Saturday, May 9. The Census Bureau pushed back this mailing to allow the paper questionnaire package to arrive several days ahead of the postcard. The postcard is one reminder in a series of reminders that the Census Bureau has mailed nonresponding households since mid-March urging them to respond. 
Census takers will visit every address that does not respond on their own to collect responses in person. Responding now to the 2020 Census will minimize the need for a census taker to visit your home later this year. 
The census provides vital information for the community. 
• It determines how many representatives each state gets in congress and is used to redraw district boundaries. Redistricting counts are sent to the states by March 31, 20201.
• Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools and emergency services. 
• Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop.
Each year, the federal government distributes more than $675 billion to states and communities based on Census Bureau data.
“Getting a complete count for your City is a top priority,” Chase stated.  “The Census numbers collected this year will be used for the next decade. Please take a moment to fill out your Census information via hard copy through USPS, online or by phone.”
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