The Associated Press
Updated: April 08, 2020 10:18 AM
Created: April 08, 2020 10:01 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s more work to be done in New Mexico, where federal officials say just over one-third of households have responded to the 2020 Census.
About a month into the start of the head count, New Mexico ranks near the bottom among states with a 34% response rate. Nationally, the self-response rate is approaching half of all households, with most responding online.
Bernalillo County, which includes New Mexico’s largest metropolitan area, is slightly ahead of the national rate but other areas are lagging. For example, about 10% of households in Taos County and less than 5% of households in Rio Arriba County have responded.
Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing paper forms to more than 65 million homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the bureau is adjusting its timeline to give people more time to respond as public health orders and other restrictions are keeping advocacy and civic groups from conducting face-to-face outreach. Officials say that’s considered the most effective way of encouraging participation.
The 2020 Census will guide the distribution of some $1.5 trillion in federal spending and help determine how many congressional seats each state gets.
To complete your census form online, click here. If you want to do it by phone, call 1-844-330-2020.
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