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Census Takers Visit Arizona Homes As State Response Rate Lags

census taker showing ID
U.S. Census Bureau
A Census taker displays a government ID badge while visiting a household.

Census takers are knocking on doors across Arizona and the country. They’re following up with households that have not responded to the 2020 census.

For every person counted, the state receives $3,000 in federal funding each year for 10 years. Census data are also used to calculate seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thanks to population growth, Arizona is expected to gain one congressional seat. 

The Constitution mandates a census every 10 years to count every person living in the U.S., regardless of citizenship status, race or age. Census takers knocking on doors will wear masks, maintain social distance and have government ID badges. Here’s information on what you can expect from a census taker visit.  To confirm a census taker’s identity, you can call the 972-510-1800 and speak with a Census Bureau representative. 

Households that have not yet completed the census can still do so online or by calling 1-844-330-2020 for English. Here are other numbersfor non-English speakers.

As of Wednesday, the national response rate was 63.4%. In Arizona, it was 60.1%. The Census Bureau estimates it will need to visit about 56 million addresses to collect responses.

Based on an analysis of funding through 55 federal programs, Andrew Reamer of George Washington University found Arizona received $20,550,087,125 in 2016 based on data from the 2010 census. That averages $3,214.96 per resident.

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.