Final day for 2020 Census response

Final day for 2020 Census response

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Thursday is the final day to respond to the 2020 Census.

Evansville city officials are reminding residents that online and phone call responses will be available through 4:59 a.m. (CDT) on October 16.

They say paper responses must be postmarked by October 15.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke thanked the Complete Count Committee (CCC) Thursday morning for helping in the 2020 count.

“We appreciate the CCC for serving as local champions of the 2020 count,” Mayor Winnecke said. “They played a vital role in raising awareness and encouraging all residents to respond to the census.”

Earlier this year when community leaders were set to really push for local residents to respond to the 2020 Census, the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“Well, I think anxiety is putting it mildly," Kelley Coures, executive director of the Department of Metropolitan Development said. “Because what you can’t do public events, when you can’t set up a table at a big event where there are lots of people coming. Because that was the target."

However, despite the unexpected obstacle of COVID-19, Coures was pleased with the 70.6% self-response rate in Vanderburgh County and 67% self-response rate in the city of Evansville.

“We have done better than the nation as a whole," Coures said. “The nation’s, as a whole, self-response rate was less than 67% of households nationwide. So I think Evansville and Vanderburgh County, you know, we can feel good about what we did for the 2020 Census."

The lowest self-response rate in the city was 53% in Pigeon Township.

“Which is where most low-income folks, people who work two or three jobs to try and make it," Coures said. “It’s difficult to reach those folks by traditional marketing type methods."

Evansville residents can respond online by heading over to the 2020 Census webpage or by phone at 844-330-2020.

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