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Census workers begin visiting those who haven't done census

BISMARCK (AP) — Census workers begin door knocking Thursday at North Dakota households that have not responded to a questionnaire by mail, online or by phone.

The state’s response rate to the 2020 census is nearly 62%, which means about 157,000 households will get an in-person visit, officials said.

U.S. Census Bureau workers carry an identification badge, are trained on physical distancing and are required to wear masks, agency officials said. Interviews take about 10 minutes and can be done 6 feet apart.

North Dakota’s response rate is close to the national rate of 62.2%. Burleigh County continues to lead North Dakota, with a rate of 75.6%. Morton County is second at 69.7%, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Census data helps determine how much federal money is directed to the state to help fund schools, hospitals and roads, among other things.

Households can still respond by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received earlier, by going online at 2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020. Households can respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages.