Minnesota leads in Census replies

Minnesota leads the nation in answering census questionnaires online, by mail or by phone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

It had reached a self-response rate of 60.4%, according to Within Minnesota, Carver County led the pack, with a 70% self-response rate. Cook County trailed far behind, with 15.4% sending in its responses.

Douglas County was about average, with 50.8% of households answering census questions so far.

A quick glance at a map shows the northern swathe of the U.S. generally leading the southern half, although Alaska and Puerto Rico came in dead last, with 33.6% of Alaskans responding and only 5% of Puerto Ricans.

Questions are based on the number of people in a household on April 1, 2020.


From April 16 to June 19, census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted, according to the website.

For residences that don't respond to the census, census takers will reach out to homes from May 27 through August 14.

By law, the Census Bureau is required to deliver headcount to the U.S. President and Congress in December.

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