Graham, Greenlee counties lag behind state in Census response

Contributed Graphic/U.S. Census Bureau. Graham County's self response rate to the U.S. Census

THATCHER – Graham County is the middle of the pack statewide, while Greenlee County is in the bottom group when it comes to responding to the U.S. Census.

According to data released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau, Graham County has a 17.5 percent response rate, while Greenlee County has a 9.1 percent response rate.

In total, Arizona has a 23.5-percent self response rate, with Yavapai and Pima counties leading the way with a 25.6-percent response rate each. The low is Apache County, with a 0.9 percent response rate, followed by La Paz County at 2.7 percent.

Nebraska leads the nation with a 30.2-percent self response rate, while West Virginia is the low with 16 percent.

Participation in the Census can occur in three ways – by responding to the mailer sent to each household, by phone at 844-330-2020 (844-468-2020 in Spanish) and online at Completion takes about 10 minutes.

Face-to-face gathering of census data was to begin in mid-May; however, following the social distancing guidelines laid out by the CDC for the COVID-19 pandemic, a new timeline for home visits to those who have not completed a census has not yet be announced.