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Week Of Special Interest 05/13/20
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By La Voz Staff

Congressional Districts accelerate responses to 2020 Census

The 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Are you curious about what percentage of households in Colorado’s seven Congressional Districts have self-responded so far?

2020 Census Self-Response Rates by Colorado Congressional District

7th Congressional District: 69.3 percent (Rep. Ed Perlmutter)

6th Congressional District: 69.1 percent (Rep. Jason Crow)

4th Congressional District: 63.4 percent (Rep. Ken Buck)

5th Congressional District: 62.8 percent (Rep. Doug Lamborn)

1st Congressional District: 62.5 percent (Rep. Diana DeGette)

2nd Congressional District: 57.6 percent (Rep. Joe Neguse)

3rd Congressional District: 48.7 percent (Rep. Scott Tipton)

To date, 61.4 percent of Colorado households have self-responded to the 2020 Census. The national self-response rate is 58.5 percent. The Colorado county with the highest self-response rate is Douglas County, at 74 percent, which is in the 4th Congressional District.

2020 Census Field Operations

The U.S. Census Bureau is in the process of resuming some 2020 Census field operations in select locations. The Bureau plans to deliver a census invitation and paper questionnaire to rural Colorado households later this year - as soon as it is safe to do so. To date, some households in remote or rural parts of Colorado have not received an invitation or questionnaire in the mail.

Here’s why:

For a small percentage of households, the U.S. Census Bureau plans to have census takers drop off invitations in person. Less than 5 percent of households in America will receive their census invitation and a paper questionnaire when a census taker drops it off. In these areas, a majority of households may not receive mail at their home’s physical location (like households that use P.O. boxes or rural route numbers).

Coloradans who use P.O. boxes (and do not have city-style addresses) should expect to receive a census letter (invitation) and paper questionnaire later this year - as soon as it is safe for the U.S. Census Bureau to deliver them.

The U.S. Census Bureau classifies a city-style address as an address that has a house number and street name.

Less than 1 percent of households will be counted in person by a census taker, instead of being invited to respond on their own. We do this in very remote areas. (This is separate from our follow-up efforts where census takers visit all households that were invited to respond on their own and haven’t).

Please WAIT to respond to the 2020 Census ONLY IF you meet ALL the following criteria:

You have not received a census letter or paper questionnaire in the mail

You live in a rural area

You do not have a city-style address

By waiting to respond with your Census ID - or on the paper questionnaire, we’ll be able to get the best count of your community.

Our Government

White House

“Since our Nation’s founding, women have made immeasurable contributions to our country’s history, success, and prosperity. During National Women’s Health Week, we call attention to the health needs and conditions that are unique to our mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, and friends, and we recommit to improving the quality of care and resources available to women.”

Colorado Governor

Gov. Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 060 amending and extending Executive Order D 2020 034, temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes related to the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), including Division of Youth Services centers, and public and private behavioral health facilities, to enable CDHS to respond to the pandemic and undertake efforts to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19 in CDHS facilities.

Denver Mayor

“Thank you to everyone who is taking Denver’s ‘Safer at Home’ Order seriously. We especially appreciate businesses that are requiring that their staff and customers wear face coverings. We want everyone to be healthy and safe as we face COVID-19 together. We need to do what we HAVE to do now, so we can do what we WANT to do later.”





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