Ohio ranks high with 65% completing census 2020 so far

By Rich Exner - Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Coronavirus-related restrictions came to Ohio in March about the same time census 2020 questionnaires and instructions were landing in mail boxes, but there are still easy ways to respond before the census workers resume their in-person data collection efforts.

“We’re really encouraging folks to do the self response in the manner that is most convenient for them, whether by phone, online or through the mail,” said Susan Licate, a regional spokeswoman for the U.S. Census Bureau.

For anyone who can’t find their form or instructions, the census 2020 questionnaire can be completed online at 2020census.gov, or by calling 844-330-2020. The system is designed to prevent duplicate forms.

Nearly two-thirds of Ohio’s households have already responded, with the Ohio return rate of 65.3% ranking seventh nationally and running ahead of the national rate of 60.2%, according to estimates through Wednesday.

But some of the in-person work has been on hold in Ohio and many other states for weeks. This includes what had been a scheduled in-person count of the homeless at shelters, soup kitchens and other places at the beginning of April, and door-to-door followups with non-responding households.


By Rich Exner

Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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