Richland County residents really stood up and were counted this year as the 2020 US Census was taken.
With that process now being concluded, final responses — both self-responses and those collected by census workers in the field — are coming in.
The Secretary of Commerce has now announced a target date of October 5 to conclude 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations.
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
With less than one week to go, the total rate of Ohio households enumerated as of September 29 as 99.2%. That includes a total of 70.4% self-responses and 28.8% from non-response followups.
Richland County currently has a 71.2% self-response rate. Residents in Medina County had the highest rate in Ohio at 82.3%, while those in Ottawa County had the lowest rate at 50.2%.
Ontario has the bragging rights among Richland County’s six largest incorporated areas. Rates of self-response returns are as follows:
It is still possible to respond. Click here for details.