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2020 Census Deadline Days Away


The decision to shorten the 2020 census schedule by a month was not made by officials within the bureau, according to a report from the bureau's watchdog agency. The report also warned the shortened schedule for the decennial population count increases the risks of not obtaining a complete and accurate count.

The 2020 census count is due Sept. 30. In Hamilton County, the self-response rate - or voluntarily completion of the census - is at 67.4%. That compares to a final self-response rate of 67.2% in 2010. In Cincinnati, 55.5% have voluntarily responded to the census this year, which compares to 59.1% in 2010.

According to Hamilton County Commission President Denise Driehaus 64,000 people in the county still need to be counted as of last week.

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In Kentucky, the state is 13th in the nation for submitting census answers and the response rate is just slightly above the national rate. Northern Kentucky has the highest response rate in the state.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the local response rate, the looming deadline and the importance of the census are Hamilton County Commission President Denise Driehaus; City of Cincinnati Assistant to the City ManagerChandra Yungbluth; and City ofCovington Neighborhood Services Director Ken Smith.

Listen to Cincinnati Edition live at noon M-F. Audio for this segment will be uploaded after 4 p.m. ET.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.