ALBUQUERQUE (AP)- Federal officials have reported that just over one-third of households have responded to the 2020 Census.
About a month into the start of the headcount, New Mexico ranks near the bottom among states with a 34% response rate. Nationally, the self-response rate is approaching half of all households, with most responding online.
Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing paper forms to more than 65 million homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the bureau is adjusting its timeline to give people more time to respond as public health orders and other restrictions are keeping advocacy and civic groups from conducting face-to-face outreach. Officials say that’s considered the most effective way of encouraging participation.
The 2020 Census will guide the distribution of some $1.5 trillion in federal spending and help determine how many congressional seats each state gets.
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