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State and local Census response rates some of highest in nation

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By Kevin Struck, UW-Madison, Division of Extension

As of June 25, 61.7% of U.S. households had submitted their responses for the 2020 Census. Wisconsin’s response rate was the second highest in the nation at 68.7%. Minnesota was the highest at 71.3%.

Sheboygan County’s rate was 76.4%. Ozaukee County, directly to our south, led all 3,215 counties in the nation at 81.9%.

The table on this page shows household response rates for communities in the area, including the percentage of households that have responded using the Internet. The Village of Kohler’s response rate was 82.4%, which ranked 291st out of 19,197 cities and villages in the U.S. The Village of Howards Grove led the area, with 90.0% having responded, ranking 13th in the U.S.

The Census Bureau continues to urge all households to respond, if they haven’t done so already, by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire, responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 1-844-330-2020 using their Census Bureau provided I.D.

Households that do not respond to the invitation will be visited by a census taker during the upcoming Nonresponse Followup Operation.

Census responses will guide decisions on how public funds are allocated for schools, fire and emergency services, and health care for each community.

On a state-wide level, results will determine how many seats Wisconsin will receive in Congress.

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