CLEVELAND, Ohio - An estimated 8% of Ohio’s households have yet to be counted in census 2020, with just a few weeks to go.
Ohio’s estimated return rate of 91.8% is a combination of those self-responding (69.6%) and those counted through followups by the Census Bureau with non-responding households (22.2%). This places Ohio just above the national rate of 89.4%, according to Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.
However, state and local officials are concerned with getting the rates higher as work on census 2020 is coming to an end.
“We need your help,” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said during Thursday’s coronavirus briefing. “We need you to fill out your census information. It takes about 10 minutes and has 10 years of impact if you do it.”
In addition to the census determining how many congressional seats are allocated to each state, Husted made the pitch that a full count is an economic issue.
“This once in a decade count will determine how $1.5 trillion in federal funding is allocated to states, counties and cities to support essential services like public education and public health,” Husted said.
The census can be completed by phone, online or through the mail. Learn more at 2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.
The timetable for the end of counting has become a source of controversy. After delays brought on by coronavirus, the Census Bureau had said it needed until Oct. 31 to reach non-responding households. But the Trump Administration later moved the deadline up until the end of September.
Advocates for more time, to ensure a better count, went to court and won an order from a federal judge in California for the bureau to stop the winding down of operations, pending another hearing on Sept. 17.