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Multiple follow-up activities planned for 2020 Census

With nearly four in 10 North Dakota households having yet to respond to the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will be conducting multiple follow-up activities over the next several months.

The Census Bureau has already started making follow-up calls to some households that have completed the 2020 Census. The goal is to make sure everyone in a household was counted and to validate information provided when they completed the census questionnaire. If the household does not answer a call, agents will leave a voicemail with a 12-digit ID as a reference number. This effort is set to continue through Oct. 31.

Visits by census workers to households that haven’t completed the 2020 Census will begin Aug. 11 and run through Oct. 31. In some cases, a second census taker may visit a household to conduct a short interview to ensure the quality of data collection activities. The re-interviews are scheduled to run from Aug. 12 to Oct. 31.

A post-enumeration survey will be taken of a select number of households to measure the coverage of housing units and people residing in housing units. The surveys are set to take place Sept. 23 to Dec. 22.

All census takers have official ID badges that include their name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.

North Dakota’s response rate sits at 61.5% as of June 29. Ward County’s response rate is 62.6%.

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