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RBC | Rio Blanco County residents should expect to see their mailed census forms showing up sometime this month, after a delay. Last week, The Bureau announced their updated paper invitation and questionnaire mailing schedule, which was delayed due to social distancing at their paper facilities and the USPS. Households who haven’t yet responded to the census should now expect their paper invitations and questionnaires by the end of April, with reminder mailers being pushed back to April 27 – May 9, to allow the paper questionnaire package to arrive several days ahead of the final postcard.
Meanwhile, when it comes to self-reporting by phone, online or mail, RBC is more than 20% behind the national average. Colorado’s self-response (meaning you responded without having a census worker knock on your door) rate is 56.3%. Rio Blanco County is at 31.9%.
Rangely is beating Meeker again this week. Meeker’s self-response rate is 25.9%. Rangely’s is 41.1%.
Census data drives a number of funding decisions and government representation. Without an accurate count, the county and municipalities could be left out of a variety of funding options and representation.
If you have not received your mail form, you can respond online or by phone. To respond online visit my2020census.gov. When asked for a census ID, if you haven’t received your mail form, click “if you do not have a Census ID, click here.” That’s to prevent multiple responses by the same household.
To respond by phone, call 844-330-2020.