Census workers began door knocking Thursday in Minnesota households that have not responded to a questionnaire by mail, online or by phone.
The state’s response rate to the 2020 census is nearly 72%, nationwide response is at 62 percent. Response rates locally, Pennington: 68.9 percent, Red Lake 68.2 percent, Marshall 63.5, Kittson 57.9, Polk 65.7 and Roseau County at 60.1 percent.
U.S. Census Bureau workers carry an identification badge, are trained on physical distancing and are required to wear masks, agency officials said. Interviews take about 10 minutes and can be done 6 feet apart.
Census data helps determine how much federal money is directed to the state to help fund schools, hospitals and roads, among other things.
Households can still respond by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received earlier, by going online at 2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020. Households can respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages.