ALAMOSA - Households in the San Luis Valley that received a 2020 Census invitation in the mail and have yet to respond should expect a paper questionnaire in the mail by April 30. Those households can still respond online, by telephone, or they can return the questionnaire by mail in the enclosed envelope.
The rate of households in the San Luis Valley to respond to the 2020 Census is far below Colorado’s response rate of 54.5 percent, and the national rate of 50.7 percent. Colorado has the 11th highest response rate in the country.
As of April 19, no county in the San Luis Valley had a response rate above 50 percent. Alamosa County had the highest response rate at 43.7 percent. Next was Rio Grande County with 38.3 percent, followed by Conejos County, 19 percent; Saguache County, 15.4 percent; Mineral County, 15 percent; and Costilla County, 8.7 percent.
It has never been easier to respond to the 2020 Census. San Luis Valley households are encouraged to respond on their own as soon as possible – as the U.S. Census Bureau notes “all without having to meet a census taker.” Residents are able to respond online at www.my2020census.gov, or by phone at 1 (844) 330-2020. Responses can also be done by simply returning a census questionnaire in the mail.
The 2020 Census is a short questionnaire of 10 questions about who lives in a household as of April 1, 2020. Data from the census is used to determine the number of seats each state his in the U.S. House of Representatives, and how billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed to states and communities across the country for the next decade. Individual responses to the census are confidential and protected by law.
Households that have not responded should expect to receive a final reminder invitation (postcard) in the mail in early May. The Census Bureau is taking steps to reactivate field data collection operations after June 1, 2020, after when, census takers will be sent to visit households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to help them complete questionnaires.
The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is Aug. 13, 2020.