Census deadline rapidly approaching

RAPID CITY, S.D. — All households have until Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 to fill out the 2020 Census.

While it only happens once each decade, these statistics are essential to growth and development throughout the community.

This year, South Dakota ranked as one of the lowest performing states, when it comes to the self-response rate. Self-response to the census in South Dakota only makes up about 67% of the population, although statewide response is nearly 100%.

Self-response refers to people that complete the census without the help of someone with the U.S. Census Bureau reaching out.

Due to COVID-19, the Census Bureau had to find new ways to reach people.

Emily Kelley, the regional partnership coordinator with the U.S. Census Bureau spoke with NewsCenter1.

“One of the ways that we are reaching out to try to ensure that we meet our goal of counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place, is by phone call. You may have a Census Bureau numerator calling you to collect your 2020 Census responses or to verify information that you have already submitted yourself,” Kelley shares.

For the most part, the Census Bureau is calling those that live in hard to reach areas.

If you have not responded, a numerator may come to your house to get information.

There are a few things to look for when it comes to making sure the person at your door is truly from the Census Bureau.

Kelley says, “When they show up at your house, again they should be wearing a mask, they should present their Census Bureau I.D. badge to you that has their picture on it, their name, the U.S. Department of Commerce logo. They’ll also be carrying a black Census Bureau bag with some really bold branding on it.”

In order to ensure everyone’s safety, all Census Bureau workers are required to wear masks and are trained on social distancing and hygiene practices.


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