JAY - Oklahoma and Delaware County, specifically, is lagging behind other states and counties in response to the 2020 U.S. Census.

“Delaware County is really behind the 8-ball in getting people to respond to the census questionnaire,” said Census representative, Joe Brock.

The survey is simple and easy to complete.

One may go to www.2020census.gov to fill out the survey online if you prefer not to fill out the mailed form…or didn’t receive the form.

It is important that every resident complete the U.S. Census for a plethora of reasons, as stated on the website:

“The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade.

That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives.

They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions.

The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, firefighter support, new roads, school lunches and more services for families, older adults, and children.

The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs.

Those programs include Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).”

There are no citizenship questions on the census and the information asked for is less than the information provided when you filed your local, state and federal taxes.

If you haven’t registered your 2020 Census, complete and return your mailed form today or complete it online in support your community.

By the Numbers

State

Oklahoma 54% response rate

County

Delaware 36.8% response rate

City

Grove 55.2% response rate

Jay 35.9% response rate

Kansas 21.3% response rate

Colcord 23.4% response rate

Oaks 11.9% response rate