San Diego Census count higher than the national rate

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – U.S. Census Bureau is continuing to count every person living in the country for the 2020 Census. The self-response rates in San Diego and California has surpassed the national response rate and the statewide rate.

As of July 24, California has a current self-response rate of 63.5%, compared to 62.3% nationally. Major cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco lag both the statewide and national rates.  

Data for Californian cities:
• Los Angeles has a current self-response rate of 52.1%.
• San Bernardino has a current self-response rate of 57.6%.
• Sacramento has a current self-response rate of 65.8%.
• Stockton has a current self-response rate of 60.3%.
• San Francisco has a current self-response rate of 60.3%.
• San Jose has a current self-response rate of 70.4%.
• Oakland has a current self-response rate of 65%.
• San Diego has a current self-response rate of 68.3%.
• Salinas has a current self-response rate of 55.4%.
• Fresno has a current self-response rate of 62.3%.
• Bakersfield has a current self-response rate of 61.5%.

Media Coordinator for the U.S. Census Bureau, Donald Bendz, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the 2020 Census data.

More than $675 billion in federal funds, and trillions of dollars over the next decade, will be attached to population counts. Communities that are undercounted risk missing out on federal funding for an array of critical programs and services, including housing, transportation, health care, education, and emergency response.  

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need for accurate 2020 Census data. The Census Bureau is encouraging people to respond to the 2020 Census on their own so fewer census takers need to visit non-responding households.  

For more information, please visit 2020census.gov.

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