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The United States Census Bureau is celebrating Constitution Day by reminding Texans that they still have time to respond to the Census. All counting efforts will end on September 30 this year, so while you still have time to respond, time is running out.

According to a press release from the U.S. Census Bureau, Lubbock is doing slightly better than the statewide average in self response rate, but we could be much better.

 Constitution Day, celebrated every year on September 17, commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Article I, Section II of the U.S. Constitution mandates a count of the U.S. population every 10 years. The Framers of the Constitution chose population to be the basis for sharing political power, not wealth or land.  

Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census. We are in the final days of conducting the count for this decennial and are reminding everyone to respond now. Currently, 91.6 percent of households in Texas have been enumerated—both on their own through self-response and by census takers going door-to-door as part of our Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) operation to visit households that have not yet responded. Texas’ self-response rate is 61.5 percent. Lubbock County’s self-response rate is 62.1 percent and the city of Lubbock’s self-response rate is 62.9 percent.

It is not too late to self-respond and limit the chances of a census taker visiting a person’s household. People can respond online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish, or by mailing back the paper form that was delivered to the household. Click here to see where to count yourself if you haven’t responded: https://2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2020-06/where-to-count-yourself.pdf

It's very important that all Texans respond to the Census this year. Visit the websites or call the numbers listed above for help and to respond.