Over 63 Percent of Oregon Have Responded to 2020 Census

May 29, 2020 — Responses to the 2020 Census in Oregon have reached 63.2 percent with 52.7 percent responding online at 2020census.gov.

Current self-response rates nationwide have exceeded the 60 percent response rate milestone and as of May 25, online responses are 9.2 percentage points above Census Bureau projections, as households continue to favor online to phone and mail in responding to the census.

In mid-March, most households received an invitation in the mail to respond to the 2020 Census, followed by multiple reminders and a paper questionnaire. Census takers are scheduled to visit households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census beginning in August.

Beginning the week of May 4, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, the Census Bureau began a phased restart of some 2020 Census field operations. The health and safety of Census Bureau staff and the public is of the utmost importance. All returning staff will receive safety training on social distancing protocols and be provided personal protective equipment before restarting operations.

The Census Bureau’s online response rates map shows response rates by state, city, county and census tract. As of May 28, 2020:

  • King City is the city with the highest internet self-response rate at 83.8 percent.
  • Washington County has the highest internet response rates among Oregon’s 36 counties.

The 10 counties in Oregon with the highest self-response rates are:

  1. Washington County    71.5%
  2. Clackamas County      70.1%
  3. Polk County                68.6%
  4. Benton County            67.8%
  5. Multnomah County     67.4%
  6. Lane County               65.9%
  7. Linn County                65.7%
  8. Yamhill County          64.9%
  9. Jackson County           64.2%
  10. Marion County            64.1%

The 10 cities/municipalities in Oregon with the highest self-response rates are:

  1. King City                   83.8%
  2. Maywood Park          83.2%
  3. Johnson City             79.4%
  4. Sherwood                  77.9%
  5. West Linn                  77.7%
  6. Rivergrove                 77.5%
  7. Lake Oswego             75.5%
  8. Island City                 74.4%
  9. Milwaukie                 74.2%    

10. Dallas                      74.1%    

It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail —all without having to meet a census taker.

The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online at 2020census.gov. Households can respond online or by phone in English or 12 other languages. Households can also respond by mail using the paper questionnaire mailed to nonresponding address. For more information, call 844-330-2020 or visit 2020census.gov. To see a revised timeline for the census, visit the 2020 Census operational adjustments page.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years.