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King County Surpasses Its 2010 Census Response Rate

June 11, 2020 – The latest 2020 Census response rates released show that King County surpassed their 2010 Census response rate. 70.4 percent of King County residents have now responded to the 2020 Census, making King County one of the counties in Washington that have met or surpassed their rate from the 2010 Census.

 “The Census Bureau would like to extend our congratulations to the people of King County for their high response rate,” said Julie Lam, regional director of the U.S. Census Bureau. “Your response matters and will help your community get the accurate count it needs to secure federal funding for critical public services and political representation.”

The Census Bureau’s online response rate map shows response rates by state, city, county and census tract. Households who have yet to respond can complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Households that do not respond to the census will receive a visit from a census taker who will help them respond.

Counties with the highest response rate include:

Clark 70.9%

King 70.4%

Benton 70.1%

Snohomish 69.7%

Thurston 69.6%

The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online at Households can respond online in English or 12 other languages or by phone. Households can also respond by mail using the paper questionnaire.

As required by the U.S. Constitution, the once-a-decade census must count every person living in the United States. Census data are the basis for our democratic system of government, ensuring that representation in government is equally distributed. Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.

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