In the 2010 Census, 76 percent of Plainville residents self-responded. The town is working to improve that rate to at least 79 percent.
As of May 19, Plainville residents reached a 70.3 percent self-response rate. As of that same day, the national rate was 59.8 percent. Some other response rates: Connecticut – 63.5 percent, Farmington – 72.6 percent, Southington – 75.0 percent, Bristol – 67.0 percent, and New Britain 52.1 percent.
Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults and children.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
In short, your response matters.
Your answers are so important that the Census Bureau will come knocking on your door to count people living in your household. Because of the pandemic, the Census Bureau is adapting or delaying some operations to protect the health and safety of staff and the public while still making sure the population is counted.
According to the original schedule, non-response follow-up, (a.k.a. door knocking) was due to begin mid-May. It will now be postponed until mid-August.
What does this mean? If you would prefer to avoid that knock on the door, then fill out the Census for your household. Respond online at 2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020 for English and 844-468-2020 for Spanish.
-- Press Release