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U.S. Census Bureau Makes Final Push for Completion

Dothan's Census response rate sits at 63%, well below the national average.
Dothan's Census response rate sits at 63%, well below the national average.(WTVY)
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 3:30 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - We are now roughly two weeks away from the final day to fill out the 2020 Census. With time running out, the United States Census Bureau is encouraging everyone who has not filled the Census out to do so.

Virginia Hyer is a spokesperson for the Bureau. She told WTVY on Tuesday that Dothan has a 63% response rate, which is below the city’s response in 2010 of 73%.

“The 2020 census is so important for every community’s future across the United States. From our political representation for the next ten years in the U.S. House of Representatives, to the federal funding that is distributed each year for the next ten years,” Hyer said.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s 90% statewide goal is in jeopardy, meaning Alabama could lose thousands of dollars in federal funding, as well as at least one congressional seat.

"Emergency services, school lunch programs, and highway and road grants are just a few of the resources that are determined using the census population counts,” Hyer said.

She said the Bureau continues to send census takers to Dothan homes in an effort to boost the response..

“We only ask a few simple questions and we will not ask financial information,” Hyer said. "We will not ask anything on behalf of a political party and we will not ask about your social security information.”

With easy access to personal information, scammers are becoming more prevalent. Hyer said a legitimate census worker won’t ask for your personal or financial information. She said there are ways you can make sure you’re not being scammed.

"To verify that someone does work for the Census Bureau, they will identify as a census taker. They will provide you with a phone number that you can call to verify their legitimacy. It is 844-330-2020,” Hyer said.

You can fill out the census by responding to the paper copy sent out earlier this year, clicking here online, or by filling it out over the phone.

The final day to fill out the census is September 30th.

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