A total of 62% of households in the country have responded to the 2020 Census – that’s more than 91 million households.
Starting July 16, census takers will begin interviewing households that have yet to respond to the 2020 Census in regions managed by the area census offices. All census takers have been trained on social distancing protocols and will follow local guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment. The Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor COVID-19 and to follow the guidance of federal, state, and local health authorities.
How to identify Census workers
All Census takers will have a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. For more information on how to verify that someone is a census taker, visit Census Takers in Your Neighborhood.
In states where TDS offers cable, internet and phone services, the response rate includes:
New Mexico: 51.4%
The Census Bureau’s online response rates map shows response rates by state, city, county and census tract.
Response is important because statistics from the census are used in distributing where hundreds of billions in funding for school lunches, hospitals, roads and much more. The invitations will remind respondents to include everyone living in the household, whether they are related or not as of April 1.
By now, most households will have already received an invitation and reminder mailings to respond to the Census. A sample of the 2020 Census paper questionnaire and preview of the online questionnaire is available, along with more information about when most people will receive their invitations in the mail.
The 2020 Census questionnaire is available online and by phone in English and 12 additional languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. These 13 languages cover the language needs of over 99% of all U.S. households. To help ensure a complete count of everyone, the Census Bureau will also provide video language guides, print language guides and language glossaries in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, Braille, and Large Print.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to state and local communities for the next 10 years.