2020 Census ends Wednesday

U.S. Census Director Steven Dillingham speaks as he joins Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey at a news conference to urge Arizonans to participate in the nation's once-a-decade census population count, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Phoenix. Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida and Montana congressional seats and result in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina losing $500 million in federal funding for healthcare for its neediest residents. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Time is almost gone for Lakeway Area residents to be counted in the 2020 Census.

The deadline for being counted is Wednesday, Sept. 30.

More than 95% of housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 Census as of today, with 29.6% counted by census takers and other field data collection operations, and 66.2% of housing units responding online, by phone or by mail.

Hamblen County has a 67.7% self response rate, so far, compared to 69% in 2010, records show.

More than 46% have been internet responses.

Every day, the U.S. Census Bureau releases the 2020 Census housing unit completion rate for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition, the Census Bureau releases the completion rates for the Nonresponse Followup operation by area census office.

The Census Bureau is committed to a complete and accurate count, and urges every household to respond when a census visits or to respond on their own by using their census ID online, by phone or by mail.

The U.S. Census Bureau released new data from the second phase of the experimental Household Pulse Survey. The Household Pulse Survey is the result of an effort by the Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies to document temporal trends in how individuals are experiencing business curtailment and closures, stay-at-home orders, school closures, changes in the availability of consumer goods and consumer patterns, and other abrupt and significant changes to American life. Phase 2 includes new questions on social security benefits, post-secondary education, evictions/foreclosures, SNAP benefits, unemployment benefits and mental health services.

Data collection began Aug. 19. The Census Bureau expects to produce and disseminate data on a biweekly basis starting Sept. 9 through Nov. 4.

Results of the Household Pulse Survey are available through the Household Pulse Survey Interactive Tool, detailed tables and a public use data file on the website. The Household Pulse Survey is designed to collect real-time data on how people’s lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to inform federal and state response and recovery planning.

Visit 2020census.gov to respond now and for more details.