Hawai‘i continuing strong census count

LIHU‘E — The 2020 Census will end this month. And, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 99.4% of Hawai‘i households have returned their forms, as of Sunday.

Last week, the Census Bureau reported that Hawai‘i’s self-response rate is 62.5%, and an additional 36.6% of households have been counted through the work of door-to-door census takers.

The Census Bureau currently estimates that nearly 98 million households have self-responded, or around 66% of households nationwide. According to data, around 29% of households have so far been counted in follow-ups.

Hawai‘i ranks third in most forms submitted, behind West Virginia at 99.7% and Idaho at 99.8%. But the state ranks 36 in the nation when it comes to self-reporting.

Only 62.4% of Hawai‘i households have self-responding as of last Thursday. The state’s self-response rate was 64.1% for the 2010 Census.

The national self-response rate is 66.1%, as of Sunday.

The Census Bureau announced last month that it would end all of its counting efforts Sept. 30, a month earlier than previously expected.

“If our population is undercounted, money that should be going to us will go somewhere else,” Mayor Derek Kawakami said yesterday. On the line is nearly $1.5 trillion in aid including construction, school lunch programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, that is distributed nationally.

Kaua‘i’s self-response rate is 53.7%, behind O‘ahu, which is at 68.3%, and well above Hawai‘i Island, which sits at about 49%.

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