Iowa Tied for 4th Best Response Rate to U.S. Census

DES MOINES, Iowa - The state of Iowa is tied for the fourth best response rate to the 2020 U.S. Census.

Minnesota has the top compliance at nearly 72 percent, followed by Wisconsin at 69 percent. Nebraska is third with 68.5 percent. Iowa and Michigan both have a 68.4 percent response rate.

More than half of all Iowans who have participated in the census have done so through the internet, a characteristic shared by all of the top five states.

Iowa's final response rate for the 2010 census was 73 percent.

Residents have until October 31st to fill out census forms and return them by mail, phone or online. Census takers will begin showing up at doors on August 11th.

The census determines how local communities divide up more than $675 billion per year in federal funds for schools, hospitals, roads and public works projects. It also determines the 435 congressional districts to the U.S. House of Representatives. Iowa currently has four districts.

The census counts all residents, regardless of legal status. An effort to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census by the Trump administration was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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