With everybody focused on COVID-19, many have forgotten about the national Census being counted this year! It is estimated that only 56.7% of Arkansans have been counted for the 2020 Census. The U.S. Constitution requires that a census be taken every 10 years.
The United States Census figures help determine where schools, roads, and public facilities are built. The Census count also shapes the makeup of political districts.
According to current figures released by the Census Bureau, the nationwide self-response rate is 62%. In Arkansas, that figure is only 56.7%. It’s even lower in Western Arkansas, with response rates currently reported at 51.8% in Polk County, 41.9% in Scott County, and 40.1% in Montgomery County.
To register for the Census, locals still have the opportunity to complete the paper form they received in the mail. You can also call the Arkansas Economic and Development Institute at (501)-569-8538 to register for the Census. It’s a simple and quick process, and ensures populations receive the proper financial and political representation they deserve. Let’s make sure that every area resident and every Arkansan is counted in the U.S. Census this summer!