2020 Census response extended to accommodate COVID-19 disruption

It’s NOT too late.

Yes, April 1, the heavily promoted day on which U.S. residents were urged to be counted by participating in the 2020 Census has come and gone. Due to the upheaval that the coronavirus, commonly known as COVID-19, has caused, the deadline to participate in the 2020 Census has been extended to Oct. 31. The date later was amended to Sept. 30.

Residents who have not yet participated may do so online at: https://2020census.gov/

As of May 26, 61.7 percent of Tarrant County residents had responded to the 2020 Census, surpassing the state average at that time of 54.9 percent. Cities that are home to Tarrant County College campuses have exceeded the 50 percent rate. Hurst leads the way with 67.7 percent, followed by Arlington at 60.3 percent and Fort Worth at 57.7 percent.

To view the latest response rates, please click here.

“Census responses are used to produce statistics about how many people live in what areas and who they are by age, sex, race, and ethnicity,” according to a statement from the Census 2020. “When those statistics are combined with other data, policymakers are better armed to make decisions about how to allocate billions of dollars in federal funds for critical public services such as hospitals, schools, road repairs, and emergency response services for the next 10 years.”

More information on how the Census can help the Dallas-Fort Worth area is available in the current issue of TCC’s REACH Magazine: