Curious how your community is responding to the 2020 Census? Check out this map and remind your friends and family to respond today

Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: March 27, 2020

The 2020 Census is well underway, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended all of our daily lives. As of Friday, March 27, 29 percent of Colorado households had responded to the census. Although Colorado’s self-response rate is on par with the national average, we have a long way to go to ensure every household in the state is counted.

Want to see how many households in your community have responded so far? Click here to view the Census Bureau’s 2020 Response Rate Map, where you can view self-response rates by state, county, city, census tract, Congressional district or tribal area. While the percent of households who have self-responded to the census is close to one in three in some Colorado communities, others are seeing response rates below 10 percent—so more outreach is vital.

No matter which Colorado community you call home, it’s critically important that you respond to the census and remind all of your friends and family to do the same. Be sure to emphasize that ALL kids living in the household, regardless of how young they are or whether they are related to the householder, should be included on the census form. Colorado’s 2020 Census count will influence the federal funding we receive for programs that serve kids and families for the next decade. And remember—you can complete your census questionnaire from the comfort of your own home online or by phone, without ever having to interact face-to-face. Take 10 minutes to complete the form today and help your community for the next 10 years!

Sarah Hughes

About Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Vice President of Research Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research and data analysis efforts, including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, and provides research and data support to inform and advance the Children’s Campaign’s policy agenda. She also co-chairs the organization’s internal Equity Team. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in communications and spent several years working and volunteering with kids in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Denver with her husband and their two crazy dogs.