2020 Census moves forward despite COVID-19

by Sharon Swanson, Jacob Ewing | Jul 02, 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the planned rollout of the 2020 Census, the state and federal government continue to provide local leaders with resources to promote the census.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the planned rollout of the 2020 Census, the state and federal government continue to provide local leaders with resources to promote the census.

The United States Census Bureau created a real-time census response rate map. The tool allows users to view response rates for the country, state, county, and cities. As of writing, the City of Brier has the highest response rate at 85.6%. The state has an overall response rate of 67.2%. Check out the map to see how well your jurisdiction is responding to the 2020 Census.

Additionally, the State Department of Commerce published a messaging toolkit for local jurisdictions to help communicate with residents about the 2020 Census and COVID-19. The toolkit provides cities with social media posts, phone scripts, blog posts, and more. Each piece is available in several different languages.

We encourage all local leaders to continue promoting the 2020 Census to ensure that every Washington resident is counted.

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