The latest 2020 Census response rates released show that Mason County surpassed its 2010 Census response rate. Of Mason County households, 49.5% have now responded to the 2020 Census, making it one of several 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 Mason 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.”
However, Mason County’s census response is still lagging behind most counties in Washington. The State’s census response rate is 67.2 percent which is sixth highest in the country.
Households in Mason County 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.
The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online at 2020census.gov. 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.
For more information, visit 2020census.gov.