Census response lagging in Tallahassee

Deadline for 2020 Census Oct. 31st
Posted at 8:32 AM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 10:52:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Fewer than six out of 10 Floridians have filled out their census forms. At 55.4% the response rate in Tallahassee is lower than the state and national averages.

For people who may be afraid to respond the census bureau wants you to know that none of your personal information is ever revealed.

Communities that are under counted run the risk or missing out on the more than 675 billon dollars in federal funding for housing, education and health care.

“We have three options to self-respond,” said Assistant Regional Census Manager Marilyn Stephens. “Online at 2020census-dot-gov, it takes less than 10 minutes. Or by phone with a representative at 1-844-330-2020 and as the millennials say if you want to be old school complete the paper questionnaire. Put it in the envelope and send it back to us no postage necessary.”

The deadline for the census is October 31. Due to the pandemic the census has delayed knocking on doors of non-responding households. That process will begin in August 11.

“Respond today,” said Stephens. “Online, by phone or by mail. It really does pay. P-A-Y to participate in the census. You would not believe how many resources you enjoy because of your census numbers.”

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