Graham, Greenlee continue to lag behind in Census response rate

Contributed Graphic/U.S. Census Bureau

PHOENIX – The U.S. Census Bureau announced an update to its data collection plan during the pandemic.

Field collection of data is now scheduled to begin “as quickly as possible” after June 1, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Field collection was suspended in March as the coronvirus spread across the United States.

As of Monday, 48 percent of U.S. households had responded to the Census, either online, through the mail or via phone.

Arizona is slightly behind the national total, with 45.7 percent of households statewide responding.

Graham County is well behind the rest of the state, with just 36.4 percent of households self-responding.

Meanwhile Greenlee County is one of the lowest responding counties in the state, at just 21.4 percent. Only Apache, Navajo and La Paz counties have a lower response rate.