Counting the Highlands

Self-response rates to the 2020 U.S. census, as of Sept. 30, along with historical data, are below. The Census Bureau is emailing households that have not responded at or to paper questionnaires and also sending enumerators to knock on doors between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The bureau announced on Aug. 3 that it will end the count on Sept. 30, a month earlier than planned, raising concerns that harder-to-reach groups will not be counted. Although a federal judge ordered the Census Bureau to continue its count until Oct. 31, Wilbur Ross, the secretary of the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau, said the count would end Oct. 5.

The census, which is conducted every 10 years, is used to determine the federal funding received by each state, as well as its representation in Congress. For more, see our previous story.

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