There’s still time to fill out your 2020 census questionnaire. An accurate census count is crucial to funding in Texas that supports infrastructure, public schools
, healthcare, and other services.
Statistics in Schools—which aims to bring school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics to create materials for all grade levels—is out with a new resource: a response rate map
! Educators, students, and families can use the map to stay up to date on how many people in their community have responded to the 2020 census. This interactive map tracks the percentage of households that have responded to the 2020 census in each state, county, city, town, congressional district, and tribal area. It also compares this percentage to the national response rate.
Response rate tracking can motivate families to complete the 2020 census and encourage their friends and family in other homes to complete it, too. The 2020 census is still underway, so now is the perfect time to remind everyone to fill out their form!
Here are some ideas educators can share with students and their families for using the response rate map at home:
- Check the map each day for the latest completion rates for their state or community and create a chart or other graphic to track the increases. Remind students they can impact the rate by showing an adult in their home this take-home flyer and asking them to complete the census.
- Track how their community’s response rate compares to the rate of other communities in the state, or compare their state to other states.
- Use social media to encourage friends and family to complete the 2020 census. They can motivate others by sharing the response rate map, declaring that their home has already completed the census, and using images created by the Census Bureau for sharing on social media. If your students are too young to have their own social media accounts, be sure to specify that this should be done by an adult.
The end goal is to motivate the most people to respond to the 2020 census.
Article adapted from Statistics in Schools April 22 email.