A total of 85.7% of all of the households in the country have responded to the 2020 Census – that’s more than 96 million households.
The 10 states with the highest self-response rates are:
1. Idaho 98.3%
2. West Virginia 97.1%
3. Washington 95.9%
4. Kansas 95.0%
4. Hawaii 95.0%
6. Maine 94.7%
7. Oregon 94.6%
8. Wisconsin 94.5%
9. Indiana 94.4%
10. Connecticut 94.1%
In states where TDS offers cable, internet and phone services, the response rate includes:
New Mexico: 79.9%
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.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) announced the restarting of census collection efforts in New Mexico and across the country which were temporarily paused to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Las Cruces-based field office in New Mexico will hand-deliver census packets to over 56,000 households in 15 counties while following social distancing guidelines. Nearly 20 percent of New Mexicans need hand-delivered forms to complete the census, according to Udall.
“I can’t emphasize enough how critical an accurate census count is for our state. If we miss just one percent of our population, New Mexico can lose more than one billion dollars over the next 10 years,” Udall said.
“A one percent undercount from the Census will result in $11 million lost in Hobbs and over $20 million lost in Lea County,” said Megan Mooney, chairperson of the Hobbs Complete Count Committee and City of Hobbs communications director. “In Lea County, the quality infrastructure is a critical element to a thriving oil and gas industry and overall successful energy sector.”
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.