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Ask Us: Final Census Count


Last updated 11/9/2020 at 3:32pm

What were the final numbers for Transylvania County in the 2020 Census and how do those numbers compare to surrounding counties?

Transylvania County’s self-response rate finished at 52.3 percent. That is down slightly from 2010, when the county’s response rate was 52.7 percent. North Carolina finished with a self-response rate of 63.4 percent compared to 64.8 percent in 2010.

Of surrounding counties, Henderson County had the highest self-response rate at 66.1 percent compared to 60.5 percent in 2010. Buncombe County had a 64 percent response rate compared to 64.7 percent in 2010. Haywood County had a 57.1 percent self-response rate compared to 53.1 percent in 2010. Jackson County had a 36.9 self-response rate compared to 33.7 percent in 2010.

According to Chuck Megown, partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, it’s important to note that these rates only apply to residents who self-responded. Megown said the Census Bureau claims to have sent “door knockers” to interview those who did not self-respond, but those operations rely on residents being home and answering their doors, which is why the Census prefers people fill out the questionnaire on their own.

Megown said the final Census numbers won’t be available to the public prior to Census Bureau submitting its final report to the president. Typically, that report is due on Dec. 31, but Megown said it could be delayed due to the extension of the Census.


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