Texas lags behind rest of nation in response to 2020 census


This April 5, 2020, photo shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. The U.S. Census Bureau needs more time to wrap up the once-a-decade count because of the coronavirus, opening the possibility of delays in drawing new legislative districts that could help determine what political party is in power, what laws pass or fail and whether communities of color get a voice in their states. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — According to a report from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Texas is lagging behind the rest of the nation in its response to the 2020 census.

Texas DFPS says 53% of Texas households have responded to the 2020 census. Comparatively, the national average is 58%.

An interactive map has been released to show how each state is responding to the once every 10 years population count.

Locally, in Travis County 56.9% of households have responded to the 2020 census. Williamson County has 61.6% of households responding and Hays County has 51.8% responding.

There are three methods to respond to the census: online, by phone, or by mail. Texas DFPS says that during the COVID-19 pandemic, online and by phone are the best options to make sure your response to the census is counted.

More resources can be found on the 2020 census website here.

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