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By Elizabeth Tanner/Post Dispatch—
Garza County is behind the 2010 census milestone response with 41.9 percent of households responding, according to data recorded by the Texas Demographic Center.
This is an 18.7 percent decrease from 2010’s recorded 60.5 percent response rate.
One of the main contributing factors for the low response, according to officials, is that hand delivered packets in “Update Leave” areas – areas that are rural, have no mail service or have a high share of P.O. boxes – have only seen a 16.5 percent response.
Lila Valencia, senior demographer at the Texas Demographic Center at UT San Antonio, said this could be due to the delay in operation because of Covid-19.
She said the Lubbock Area Census Office did not resume operation until May 25, meaning homes in Update Leave areas received invitations two months after households with mail and internet service.
“This could definitely impact their response,” Valencia said. “They may think they missed the census altogether.”
The next step for the census bureau is to begin door-to-door visits to those households that have not self-responded to the census, Valencia said.
“Enumerators will begin going door to door August 11, reaching out to households in those counties with less than 50 percent response,” Valencia said, adding they will be knocking on doors from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Garza County Programs Secretary Kathy Nelson, and other city officials, encourage those who haven’t already completed the census to do so.
“It is very important for everyone in the county to be counted in the census,” Nelson said. “This will help the county receive more federal funding for numerous grants.”
Valencia said the federal government uses Census Bureau to determine funding for every state. She said the data helps bring billions of dollars to the state associated with programs that touch peoples’ lives every day, including Medicaid, Medicare, WIC, children health programs, highways and highway planning, emergency response, housing programs, parks, economic development programs and a whole host of federal programs supported through census derived data.
There are several ways for residents who have not responded to do so, officials said.
A Census Bureau representative is currently in Garza County assisting those who need help filling out the required forms. The representative is located at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Office, 215 W. Main, from 8 a.m. until noon everyday through Friday, Aug. 7.
Residents can go online and fill out the census, at My2020census.gov. Many Garza County residents also might receive an email from the Census Bureau reminding them to respond. Valencia said the email will come from [email protected].
Plus, census reports can be completed by phone by calling the Census Bureau. For English call 844-330-2020 and in Spanish call 844-468-2020