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Prescott Valley, Prescott 5th and 6th in state for Census responses
Don’t forget! Report your Census data by Aug. 31

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Stock art)

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Stock art)

In a statewide ranking by city for responses to the 2020 Census, Prescott Valley and Prescott on June 29 were rated fifth and sixth, respectively, out of 91 Arizona municipalities, the Census Bureau reported.

Prescott Valley has had a total response rate of 69.9%, while Prescott is not far behind at 69.7%. Nearby Chino Valley is in 33rd with a 58.6% response rate.

The Census is important to incorporated cities and towns because the federal government uses the information gathered from the Census to determine congressional representation and funding.

Prescott Community Development Director Bryn Stotler said that there remains “ample time” for residents to respond to the Census – and it is easy.

For example, residents do not need to have a Census questionnaire or a unique 12-digit identifier number to respond. Instead, you can input your address into the online response platform.

“Our response rate for Prescott is slightly ahead of the 2010 Census, at about 61%, and there is still two full months for self-response,” said Stotler, referring to self-responses ending Aug. 31.

To learn more about the 2020 Census in Arizona, visit the website 2020census.gov and click on “Get the Facts” in the upper left-hand portion of the homepage. From there, select “Response Rates” at the bottom of the drop-down menu. You will see a U.S. map appear. Then click “AZ.” You may narrow your search using “Select Date,” “Select Mode,” and the “Geographies” title.

If you click AZ on the map, visit the County or City level by clicking on “Yavapai” and the cities within the county or use the sidebar under “Geographies” to investigate the data.

“Fun facts are included in this journey – you get an immediate comparison to the response rate of the last Census in 2010,” Stotler said. “And you also get an ‘Internet Response Rate’ data point so you know how significant the inclusion of the availability of online response has been to this Census – the first one in history to allow for that.”

Residents who do not want a Census worker knocking on their door should self-respond online by Aug. 31, Stotler added.

“Census field workers are still being onboarded by the Census and [they] will be out in force from now through the end of the year using appropriate COVID[-19] precautions – and with physical distancing, if they appear in-person at a residence,” Stotler said.

For more information about how Arizona and its cities and towns are doing with self-reporting during the 2020 Census, visit: public.tableau.com/profile/us.census.bureau#!/vizhome/2020CensusSelf-Response Rankings/RankingsDashboard.

To see results for every state, including state-by-state comparisons, visit: 2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html.

To reach Stotler, Prescott’s contact for Census activities, call her at 928-777-1317 or email her at: bryn.stotler@prescott-az.gov.

Doug Cook is a reporter for the Prescott Valley Tribune. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at dcook@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.

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