With census collection shortened, Missouri response rate sits at 63%

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the U.S. Census Bureau adjusted the collection schedule for the 2020 census, delaying the final date for collecting responses until Oct. 31.

Last week, the Census Bureau changed that timeline again. The bureau’s director said collection will be cut short by a month, with all responses due by the end of September. That leaves Americans a little more than six weeks to respond to the survey that determines Congressional representation and plays a key role in distribution of federal funding and formulation of business plans.

About 63.2% of Missouri households had self-responded to the census as of Friday, according to the Census Bureau. That was slightly higher than the national self-response rate of 63.1%.

Minnesota had the highest total self-response rate, at 72.4%. It was the only state with a rate over 70%. Alaska had the lowest, at 49.7%. It was the only state with a self-response rate below 50%.

In terms of internet self-response rate, Utah had the highest, at 61.3%, while Mississippi had the lowest, at 35.3%.

Counties in Missouri that had the highest self-response rates include St. Charles County (78.8%), Christian County (76.3%) and St. Louis County (72.7%). St. Charles has one of the highest rates of any county nationwide.

Hickory County (23.4%), Carter County (28.4%), and Wayne County (31.6%) had the lowest rates in the state.


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