The 2020 U.S. Census could wrap up as soon as the end of September or as late as the end of October depending on the outcome of a Sept. 17 court hearing.
Currently, Pennsylvania has a total enumeration of 90.3 percent compared to the national average of 87.6 percent. But more can be done by increasing the self-response rate in your community.
Editor’s note – As of 9/3/2020, local self response rates were:
- Berks: 73.6%
- Reading: 52.6%
The highest self-response rates of over 70 percent are in the southeast counties surrounding Philadelphia, although Philadelphia itself has a rate of only 54 percent. Self-response rates remain low in areas of the Northern Tier and the Poconos, with Forest County having the lowest self-response rate in the state at 22.1 percent.
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The census determines how billions of federal dollars are distributed nationally to fund hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and infrastructure, libraries and more.
The census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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