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We are now entering the home stretch of the 2020 census and Kansas is looking great in terms of response percentage. 

That was the report of Census Bureau Senior Partnership Specialist Steve Hale on KVOE's Newsmaker Two segment Tuesday. According to Hale, the state is currently in the upper tier when it comes to Census response ranking fourth in the nation with a 95 percent response rate.


Hale says there are a few populations and areas of the state that are "proving difficult to get to," however, he is very confident they'll be able to gather the needed information ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline. Hale says Lyon County was not one of these areas as it logged a 66 percent self-response rate which is right at the state average with Emporia alone having a 64.9 percent self-response rate.

For those who have yet to self-report, Hale says census workers are still out an about and have been since mid to late August. Hale says all Census takers are adhering to COVID-19 mitigation guidance including practicing social distancing and wearing masks or face coverings when interacting with residents.

Hale says the work done by census workers is impressive given the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on their field offices. He explains that at the onset of the pandemic the bureau lost a majority of its field workers due to the pandemic pushing the census' timetable back considerably.


Hale reminded residents of the importance for participation in the Census as it directs federal funding in areas like health, education, transportation, infrastructure and other topics as well as representation in Congress. For more information on the 2020 Census or to self respond, visit 2020Census.gov.

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