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It’s Census Day; have you completed yours?

April 1 is Census Day. And local officials are stressing that responses to the 2020 Census are more important than ever.

An accurate count helps to determine the amount of funding schools, municipalities and states receive. That funding spans individual citizens needs from roads and bridges to emergency funding such as Missouri is receiving for the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to be adequately funded, Missouri must be adequately counted.

“Nearly every day, people in Missouri ask me what they can do to assist during this COVID-19 crisis,” said Gov. Mike Parson. “One of the easiest things people can do to help is to make sure they respond to the 2020 Census.”

This year, the 2020 Census website, My2020Census.gov, offers those participating in the census the opportunity to respond online. The survey takes just a few minutes per person.

Missourians who do not wish to respond online can respond by phone. The Census Bureau will send a mail-in form to those who fail to respond by internet or phone.

Currently, the top 10 Missouri counties responding to the 2020 Complete Count Census and their overall response rates are:

St. Charles County  48.8%
Barton County  46.4%
St. Louis County  45.4%
Christian County  44.6%
Livingston County  44.3%
Perry County  43.3%
Cole County  42.9%
Webster County  42.9%
Marion County  42.8%
Ray County  42.5%

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