Want to help your hometown? If you live in Payson, odds are 50/50 you haven’t completed your 2020 census, the self-response rate was about 52% as of last week, when Star Valley’s percentage was 38.3. Pine-Strawberry, in census tract #1, was lagging at 9.4% — but was still higher than Tonto Basin and Roosevelt in census tract 7, with just 4.1% of households having already self-responded.

One published estimate contends that up to $3,000 per person, per year is at stake for every Arizonan. Federal funding determined by demographics and census data is allocated to cities and towns based on population. On a statewide scale, that’s more than $20 billion dollars annually that helps support Arizona communities, according to azcensus2020.gov.

It’s online, easy, convenient

You’ll be pleasantly surprised just how little time it takes to complete the census — which is online, for the first time in history. You don’t need a PIN code or other unique ID to login; you don’t need a card or instruction from the U.S. Census Bureau — just enter your address, then follow step-by-step directions to report general information about the ages and relationships of family and friends who share your home address.

Your economic impact

In fact, for every Arizonan who does not respond to the census, the state stands to lose $887 in federal funding. Just a one-percent undercount would represent a loss to the state of $62 million per year for a decade, for a total loss of $620 million.

Overall, Gila County’s self-response was at 28.6 last week, and it’s worth adding that residents who receive mail at a P.O. Box rather that an address aren’t scheduled to receive questionnaires until June when field operations resume — but you don’t have to wait, go online today and ‘self-census’ today using your address.

Got kids or grandkids at home during our ongoing COVID-19 quarantine? Use the census as a teachable moment — invite them to help you answer the census questions, and talk about why they’re asked — and how you are contributing to a nationwide snapshot of population demographics.

Read more — and do your census today at my2020census.gov.

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