Census takers will begin following up Aug. 6 with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.
The Census Bureau announced Thursday that census takers will begin interviewing households in areas managed by some 40 census offices, including Rochester. The Rochester office’s service area includes the four-county GLOW region of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
In the GLOW region, response rates are behind the national average, and running as much as 15 percentage points behind their 2010 response rates.
Households can still respond by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, respond online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at (844) 330-2020.
The Census Bureau will provide face masks to census takers, who are required to wear the mask while conducting their work. The census takers, who have undergone training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance, will follow CDC and local public health guidelines.
Census takers will have a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact their regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
If no one is home when the census taker visit, they will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.
The census takers have been hired from local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials to help identify the household’s language.
The four GLOW region counties have some catching up to do. All four counties lag behind the national response rate of 62.8 percent, and only Genesee and Livingston are responding at a rate greater than the state rate of 58.5 percent.
As of Friday, response rates were 61.8 percent in Genesee County, compared to 70.7 percent for 2010; 60.8 percent in Livingston, compared to 66.6 percent; 51.4 percent in Orleans, compared to 66.8 percent; and 55.3 percent in Wyoming, compared to 64.9 percent.