The Census count ended on October 15. How many households were enumerated, when it was all said and done?
This blog post, from US Census Director Dr. Steven Dillingham, shows that nearly all the households were counted - more than 99% in all states. That's good! There's a link in Dr. Dillingham's post that leads to the page that lists results for individual states with links to break down results as far as by Census Tract. It's a very rich source of information about the count. Of course, the findings of the Census are not out yet - that will come in February.
Looking at Anoka County, we see that we had an initial self-response rate of 84%, meaning that only 16% of our households needed an follow-up visit from a Census enumerator. That's really good - we were tied for fifth in the US with Washington County (MN)! The enumerators finished up the work, bringing us up to 99.9% counted.
LWV ABC did a program on Census back when it all started in September of 2019 - you can watch the video on our webpage at this link. (What a different time that was - people were physically present in the audience and sitting next to one another!)
So, enough self-congratulating... now it's time to get down to work. One BIG use of the Census data is to redraw the lines for our electoral districts, from Congress to State to County to City. LWV at all levels will be advocating for Fair Maps that objectively represent the electorate and don't favor one party over another. Would you like to be part of this work? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you hooked up with others to get this job done!
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