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Pierce County showing high census response rates

By Staff | Apr 17, 2020

Pierce County’s self-response rate in the 2020 Census is higher than the state and national average.

According to the website 2020census.gov, Pierce County’s self-response rate stands at 56.8% as of Monday.

According to a spreadsheet submitted to the Tribune by Kevin Iverson, manager of the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Census office, Balta had a cumulative response rate of 46.5%; Rugby 56.5% and Wolford 15.6% as of April 14. Results were yet to be posted from Orrin, Barton and Selz.

As a whole, North Dakota’s self-response rate is 49.1% as of Monday according to 2020census.gov, which is slightly higher than the national self-response rate (48.6).

“This is the first time we have had an option of responding online,” said Iverson in an email. “It is also the first time we have had the opportunity to see the response rates on an almost daily basis.”

The 2020 Census has seen adjustments to its operations due to COVID-19. Originally planned for March 12-July 31, the schedule for self-reporting via online, mail or phone has been extended to Oct. 31. For group quarters, the schedule has changed from April 2-June 5 to from April 2-Sept. 3. Field offices originally planned to have managers and staff begin administrative, training, deployment and support activities begin March 1, however that schedule has been revised to June 1.

In-person nonresponse followups were originally slated to be from May 13 to July 31. Followups will be slated from Aug. 11 to Oct. 31. In-person form delivery for persons who receive mail via P.O. boxes has also been delayed until June.

Uses for census data include determining Congressional representation, and to “inform hundreds of billions in federal spending.” According to the North Dakota Association of Counties’ Census Derby webpage, every person not counted is an estimated loss of $19,100 per person in funding over 10 years.

In the 2010 Census, Pierce County had the highest self-response rate by county with 89%. The lowest was Mountrail County, with 50%.

– Tribune Staff Report

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