Census 2020 Important to Clay County

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The 2020 Census is still underway and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service continues to play an active role in ensuring communities across Arkansas can thrive over the next decade. Arkansas has achieved a response rate of 57.1 percent but many counties have response rates well below our state and national averages.

Currently, Clay County has a response rate of 55.8 percent. To help increase community participation in the 2020 Census, Clay County Extension office is participating in the 2020 Response Rate Challenge. Periodically, Clay County Extension office will post the county’s 2020 Census response rate on social media to track response rate progress and to motivate community members participate in the 2020 Census.

To track the progress of the state and each county on your own or to see how our county measures up against up against other counties in Arkansas visit https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

Anyone who has not received 2020 Census information via mail or at their door should complete the survey online at www.my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020. Starting Aug. 11, you may encounter a Census Taker at your door if you have not completed your 2020 Census. They will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit your home. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

A complete count of Arkansas is crucial. Data gathered by the census provides statistics on how much the country has grown, and provides a snapshot of just who lives in America: age, race gender.

The statistics collected by the 2020 Census decide how over $675 billion is dispersed to states through programs like the National School lunch program, SNAP, Medicate and other programs integral to communities. Census data also impacts everything from the boundaries of congressional seats to funding for public safety, education and housing programs. Census data is used for emergency preparedness and disaster response and also helps businesses make decisions about whether to invest in a community or neighborhood. Arkansas receives almost nine billion dollars to support 55 federally funded programs—many of these programs are integral to rural development. The Census provides federal funds to benefit so many different things including our schools, hospital, roads, and other vital programs throughout our county and state!

Those wanting to learn more about the 2020 Census may visit www.uaex.edu/business-communities/census/default.aspx

Give us a call at the Corning or Piggott office if you have any questions or need help filling out your Census!

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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