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Richland County Is Keeping Up The Pace But Slipping Behind Its Neighbors A Bit

5 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

It’s one month later, and in terms of the US Census the citizens of Richland County appear to be keeping up with the Joneses – mostly.

April 1 was known as “Census Day” as the official count takes place on that date. On that day, the United States Census Bureau reported that the national rate of census returns stood at 36.2%, with Ohio’s pegged at 39.3%.

As of today, those numbers stand at 56.3% and 61.5%, respectively.

Richland County’s response rate exceeds both of those figures. In respect to neighboring counties, however, Richland has fallen behind both Crawford and Huron County in the last four weeks:

  • Ashland — 67%
  • Crawford — 62.9%
  • Huron — 64.8%
  • Richland — 62..6%
  • Knox — 61.8%
  • Morrow — 57.9%

Individual cities and villages in Richland County had the following response rates:

  • Ontario — 71.5%
  • Bellville — 71.5%
  • Lexington — 71.0%
  • Shelby — 64.8%
  • Lucas — 57.8%
  • Plymouth — 56.4%
  • Mansfield — 54.8%
  • Butler — 53.4%
  • Shiloh — 39.0%

Perhaps reflecting the current public health situation, almost 80% of Richland County respondents did so through a means other than the US mail — most online.

It is hard to exaggerate the importance of an accurate census and making certain that everyone is counted. As shared by the US Census Bureau, “The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.”

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