Pulaski County is below the state average in responding to this year’s federal census. The statewide self-response rate is 64.8 percent, but only about 50 percent of Pulaski County residents have self-responded so far. There are only five counties with a lower response rate–Shannon, Ozark, Stone, Barry, and Taney, with Shannon County having the lowest self-response rate of 35.2 percent. This month, census works started going door-to-door to homes that have not yet responded. If people respond on their own, it is less likely that a census taker will visit them in person.
Residents can still complete the questionnaire online at 2020census.gov, by calling 844-330-2020, or by returning the paper form received in the mail. Respond using the address where they were living on April 1st, 2020, and include anyone who was living with you at the time. The results of the 2020 Census determine how many seats Missouri gets in the U.S. House of Representatives and determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding will be allocated every year to communities across the country.