State and County-Level Response Rates – Week ending May 26

North Carolina: Census 2020 Real-Time Response Rates – Week ending May 26 (.pdf)

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Key takeaways for week ending May 26

  1. North Carolina maintains ranking of 34 out of 50 states and DC. With a response rate of 56.4% of households, this remains North Carolina’s highest ranking since reporting began in March. The highest ranking state in the nation is Minnesota, with a response rate of 70.0%.
  2. North Carolina response growing closer to national average, but large gap remains. As of May 25th, 56.4% of NC households had self-responded to the 2020 Census, below the national average of 60.1%. This gap of 3.7 percentage points is slightly smaller than last week (3.8 percentage points) and is entirely driven by lower online response rates: 44.4% in NC versus 48.4% nationwide.
  3. North Carolina outranked by five southeastern states. Since reporting began, North Carolina’s response rate has surpassed three states in the southeast: Arkansas, Mississippi, and Georgia. For the second week, it is now outranked by just five states in the region: Virginia (65.2%), Kentucky (63.8%), Tennessee (60.1%), Alabama (58.2%), and Florida (57.6%).
  4. Four counties now meet or exceed North Carolina’s 2010 state self-response rate (64.8%). These are: Union County (68.1%), Orange County (66.4%), Wake County (65.6%), and now Davie County (64.8%).
  5. Response rate gap did not change between the state and tracts with the smallest share of young children. Previously, the response rate gap had widened each week between the state and tracts with less than 4.1% of young children. It remains 2.3 percentage points: an average of 54.1% of households in tracts with the fewest young children vs. 56.4% of households statewide.
  6. Tracts with the highest share of foreign-born residents continue to outperform the state and tracts with smaller immigrant populations. In tracts where 5.7% to 9.8% of the population is foreign-born, an average of 58.2% of households responded to the Census – 1.8 percentage points above the state. Similarly, in tracts where >9.8% of the population is foreign-born, households’ response rate was 1.6 percentage points above the state. This trend has maintained throughout the entire reporting period.
  7. Response rate gap also remained unchanged between the state and tracts where >50% of residents are non-white. For the second week, the gap was 6.8 percentage points between the state and the average for households in tracts with the largest share of minority residents – 49.6% for these households vs. 56.4% for all households in NC.
  8. Since the start of reporting, internet access remains the greatest indicator of low response. The gap between households with low internet access and the state has remained the largest since reporting began for all target groups. Currently, an average of 48.2% of households with low internet access have responded to the Census – 8.2 percentage points below the state.

Last updated: 5.28.20

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More about North Carolina self-response rates

On Friday, March 20 the U.S. Census Bureau began publishing self-response rates for the 2020 Census. The rates represent the number of households that have filled out their census forms on their own (online, by mail, or by phone) as a percentage of all housing units, calculated since the Bureau started sending out invitations to participate in the Census in early March.

Please note: the Census Bureau has adjusted their operations due to COVID-19 and these dates have been adjusted to reflect current operations.

This page provides updates on self-response rates for North Carolina at the state, county, and census tract level. These updates were weekly through May 26, 2020 and then became biweekly.

Note: while Census Day is April 1, households can respond to the census through October. Self-response—when households respond by internet, mail, or phone—occurs through October 31.

NC Census 2020 Response Data – State, Counties, Tracts

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This work is supported by the NC Counts Coalition, a non-partisan hub that facilitates cross-sector coordination among government, planning and community organizations, service providers, businesses and others to achieve a complete and accurate Census count for North Carolina. Dr. Rebecca Tippett serves on the board of the NC Counts Coalition.


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