State and County-Level Response Rates, 7/6 – 7/19

North Carolina: Census 2020 Real-Time Response Rates – Week ending July 19 (.pdf)

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Key takeaways for biweekly period ending 7/19

  1. North Carolina drops two rankings to 36 out of 50 states and DC. This is the lowest ranking for North Carolina since May 3rd.
  2. Five southeastern states now outrank North Carolina. These are: Virginia (66.9%), Kentucky (65.4%), Tennessee (61.5%), Alabama (59.8%), and Florida (59.2%). North Carolina’s self-response rate currently stands at 58.3% of households.
  3. At least three in five households have responded in 29 NC counties. Many of these counties are located in the Triangle, Charlotte and Triad metros, though some are more rural, such as Pasquotank County and Person County.
  4. Census tracts containing the fewest young children maintain largest gap with the state average. A gap of 2.1 percentage points has maintained between the state response and the average for tracts with the fewest young children for several months. This tract category has the highest average share of college students, compared to all other categories in this target group, which likely contributes to its lower average response rate.
  5. Largest disparity remains between the state and tracts with fewest foreign-born residents. As response rates slow through the summer months, disparities between the state and target groups have remained static. For this target group, tracts with the fewest foreign-born residents were 3.8 percentage points below the state: 54.5% of households vs. 58.3% of households statewide.
  6. All tracts under 50% minority have response rates above the state average. Average response rates ranged from 59% to 63.3% for tracts with all but the largest share of non-white residents (under 50% minority). These three categories all responded at rates above the state average.
  7. Tracts with highest rates of internet access have the highest rate of response of any target group. As of July 19th, 66.8% of households responded to the Census in tracts where internet access is highest. This is 8.5 percentage points above the state average.

Last updated: 7.21.20

View 2020 Census update archive

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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