Avoid the knock: Complete the census

The above graph shows the census response rate of residents in Winston County’s municipalities as of press time Aug. 2, as well as Bear Creek and Marion County. The state’s response rate is also represented. It should be noted that Natural Bridge’s response rate most likely appears low due to its small population.

WINSTON COUNTY - Time has nearly run out for those who have not responded to the 2020 Census.
Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 11, census workers will begin knocking on the doors of those who have not filled out the census. It takes approximately six minutes to complete and can be done online at my2020census.gov or by calling (844) 330-2020.
The questions asked for the census are confidential for 72 years, and filling out a loan or credit application asks more questions that the census does. Those questions asked can be found in a box elsewhere in this article.
While the state is at 60.6 percent and Winston County is at 52.1 percent, Addison and Haleyville are the leaders with more than 62 percent of census responses completed. Natural Bridge’s low response is most likely due to the extreme small population.
There will be an upcoming statewide day of action set for Aug. 12, according to Kenneth Boswell, director of Alabama Department of Economic and Consumer Affairs. He also mentions a census-related competition bowl in September.
“We’re working with the business community to drop everything and be counted (on Aug. 12),” Boswell stated. “We’re partnering with them for a statewide day of action where businesses will allow employees to complete their census at work.”


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