As Deadline Looms, County Urges Residents To Return Census

Only Two-Thirds Have Returned Form So Far

Mitch Kelly
September 21, 2020 - 5:12 am

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - With just two weeks left to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census, Clark County officials are encouraging any local households that haven’t participated to get counted as soon as possible.

Since March when people could begin taking the Census, 66 percent of households in Clark County have filled out their Census forms, with 55.4 percent responding online. The participation rate for Nevada is 65.6 percent, while the national response rate is 65.9 percent. The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census count is Sept. 30.

“This year it’s easier than ever to participate in the Census online, by phone or by mail, and it’s one of the most important things you can do to help our community,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “A complete count will help Nevada and our community get its fair share of federal  funding over the next 10 years for schools, roads, health care and other needs that will be vital to our economic recovery as we put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us.”

The 2020 Census form can be filled out online over the U.S. Census Bureau’s website at www.2020Census.gov or by phone or mail. The Census Bureau is operating toll-free language assistance lines in multiple languages including the three most common spoken in Southern Nevada: English (844) 330-2020; Spanish (844) 468-2020; and Tagalog (844) 478-2020. The Census Bureau also is offering American Sign Language support and has a toll-free Telephone Display Device (TDD) number of (844) 467-2020. Information about the Census is available on the Southern Nevada Counts website atwww.SouthernNevadaCounts.com.

Officials say in the 2010 Census, Nevada’s population was undercounted with only 60.4 percent of households participating. Children under 5 tend to be the most undercounted of all Nevadans.

The results of the Census, taken every 10 years, help decide how billions of dollars in funding is distributed to states and communities over the next decade, and are used to determine how many Congressional seats get allocated to each state. Nevada stands to receive more than $6 billion each year over the next 10 years based on 2020 Census data. The funding helps pay for transportation projects, Medicare and Medicaid assistance, emergency services, job training, and a variety of programs for children including school lunches, health insurance, foster care and federal Pell Grants for college students.