Starting this week, census takers will be knocking on your door if you haven’t responded to the census questionnaire — that amounts to 56 million households nationwide.
So far 63% of households have completed their questionnaires.
California’s response is almost 65%, while Sacramento County is at 70%, San Joaquin 64%, and Stanislaus about 65%. But in the foothills, the response has been much lower with Calaveras at 46%.
Laurie Slothower with Sacramento County said the county receives half a billion dollars annually in federal funding based on the census.
“We estimate that for every person not counted, that’s a loss of a thousand dollars per person per year for 10 years and this is money that goes to vital community programs,” she said.
COVID-19 has shortened the window for the census count which is expected to be completed by Sept. 30.
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