The 2020 Census has officially ended, and Utah was in the top 10 for self-response rate in the country.
Evan Curtis, the state planning coordinator and the complete count committee co-chair, says Utah improved its 2010 response rate.
“In 2010, our self response rate was 68.6 percent, and we ended at 70.9 percent in 2020," Curtis said.
Curtis says 70.9% of Utahns filled out their census forms themselves, and ultimately 99.99% of the state’s residents were counted with the help of census takers.
“As far as the self-response rate, some of our hard-to-count areas were, again, hard to count," Curtis said.
Curtis says that includes rural areas and areas with large minority populations and transient populations. Ski and vacation homes can also be hard to count.
Brian Head had the lowest response rate in the state at 4.3%. Alta was at 18%.
Kaysville came in first in the state, with 87.7% of residents self-responding to the census.
As far as counties, Curtis says,
“Our highest-performing area was Davis County, with a self-response rate of over 81%."
That includes Clarissa Anderson from North Salt Lake.
“It made it so much easier to fill the census out online," Anderson said.
Anderson says the state has a special interest in filling out the forms, in addition to the ordinary reasons.
“Genealogical reasons — when we do genealogy, we look at censuses from back in the day. Obviously, funding reasons. If Davis County is interested in funding schools, things like that, then it’s important to fill out the census."
The census impacts everything from representation to funding. The Census Bureau will now process all the data, and will deliver accurate state population counts by Dec. 31.