Westminster, MD, Thursday, May 21, 2020 – Recent federal census data show Carroll County leads the State of Maryland in the 2020 Census response rate and ranks 29th nationally, out of 3,215 U.S. counties. As of May 20th, Carroll County achieved a self-response rate for the 2020 U.S. Census of 75.8%.

In 2010, Carroll County also led the state with a final response rate of 83% and the county is asking residents to help surpass this percentage in 2020. To see the self-response details and follow the daily updates, visit the U.S. Census Response Rates page. Mailed invitations to participate in the U.S. Census began in mid-March.

“The Census is very important to our Carroll County community and I am thrilled our residents are fantastic at completing the census questionnaire,” said Carroll County Census Coordinator Laura Russell. “There is still time to complete the information and we encourage everyone to do so as each uncounted person costs the county over $18,000 in federal funding.”

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting its 2020 operations. It is estimated that field activities will resume after June 1. These dates will vary by state depending on the COVID-19 phase. The self-response phase of the U.S. Census is now extended from July 31 to October 31, 2020. Residents who have not completed the census by mid-June will receive a paper questionnaire at their residence and starting mid-August, census enumerators will begin going door-to-door to interview households which have not yet responded.  The U.S. Congress also changed the deadline to deliver census data to the President from December 31, 2020 to April 30, 2021.

If you receive your mail through a P.O. Box, as do those who live in New Windsor and Union Bridge, you will not receive any mailings from the U.S. Census Bureau. To participate in the census, go to my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

The census is important, easy and safe. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Russell, Carroll County Census Coordinator at 410-386-2512,  email at lrussell@carrollcountymd.gov, or visit the Carroll County 2020 Census webpage.