Area Census response rate remains below 60 percent

SAFFORD — With the exception of Safford, response rates to the U.S. Census Bureau in Graham and Greenlee continue to lag behind the rest of the state.

According to data released Friday by the U.S. Census Bureau, Greenlee County has a 27.7 percent self-response rate, while Graham County is at 46.1 percent.

The state’s combined response rate is 59.9 percent, with Pima County leading the way at 61.2 percent, followed by Maricopa County at 60.9 percent.

Safford is the top city in the two counties, with a 59.3 percent response rate, ranking 23rd in the state. The top city is Oro Valley with a 73.9 percent response rate, followed by Sahuarita at 71.1 percent and Gilbert at 71 percent.

Thatcher sits at 36th with a 54.4 percent response rate, followed by Pima at 30.6 percent (68th), Clifton at 22 percent (75th) and Duncan at 21.9 percent (76th).

Minnesota has the best response rate in the nation at 69.9 percent, followed by Wisconsin at 67.3 percent and Iowa at 66.8 percent.