Baird reminds local residents to complete census

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, July 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 28, 2020) – According to State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle), 2020 census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so.

Door-to-door visits have started in some areas around the country to remind residents to complete their 2020 census forms. Baird said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.

"It's essential that every Hoosier household completes their census form," Baird said. "Besides being required, billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated based on census information received from each state. Completing the form is simple and quick, and can have a huge impact on our area."

Baird encourages residents to visit 2020Census.gov to fill out the census online. Hoosiers can also call 844-330-2020 or mail back the questionnaire sent to households.

Census takers will visit nonresponding households in west central Indiana through Oct. 31 to ensure every resident is counted. Baird said about one-third of households in some west central Indiana counties still need to respond to the 2020 census, including Putnam, Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.

The current percentage of non-responding households reported by the U.S. Census Bureau for those counties are:

  • Clay County, 35%;
  • Morgan County, 30%;
  • Owen County, 41%;
  • Parke County, 43%; and
  • Putnam County, 37%.

Census workers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit households. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing, and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

Baird said everyone is required to fill out the census every 10 years by law, and the information is kept confidential. Personal information cannot be used against respondents by any government agency or court.

According to Baird, billions of dollars in federal funding to support education, housing, health and public safety are on the line as this data impacts strategic planning decisions about statewide job training, locations of new businesses and public transportation projects.

Self-responses are due by Oct. 31, 2020.

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State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) represents House District 44, which includes
all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
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