Q&A: It’s University City by the Numbers; Do you Count?

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Based on data available on the https://2020census.gov/ Response Rates map, self-reporting rates as of August 13 in University City range from a low of 60% to almost 90%. That means in some of our UC area, more than 40% of us have not been counted. And while our average response rate is higher than that of San Diego as a whole, the University City average of approximately 85% means that almost 15% of us have not been counted yet.

Can we do better University City? We have to. That’s because Census statistics help determine the number of seats California holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to state and local communities for the next 10 years.

Census workers, called enumerators, will begin going door-to-door to collect Census data from those who have not yet responded. They are not allowed to ask for your social security number, political preference, bank account information, or religious affiliation. It also illegal for the Census Bureau to share your information with law enforcement or any other government agency. And your information cannot be used against you in any way.

But why wait for someone to come to your door? You can complete the Census today from the privacy of your own home by going online or making a phone call.

For related information from State Senator Toni Atkins, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/2020/08/07/senator-toni-atkins-census-2020-the-constitutional-right-we-cannot-afford-to-waste/

Need more information about how to use the Response Rate Map to find the most up-to-date response rates? Take a look at this video from the Census Bureau:

Information compiled by contributor Diane Ahern, UCCA publicity and promotion. 

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