Wyoming ranks near the bottom in Census response rate

JACKSON, Wyo. — Wyoming ranks near the bottom in self-response rates for the 2020 U.S. Census, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

As far back as April, there was concern that COVID would wreak havoc on more than our collective health. Would sequestering at home make us more or less likely to participate in the Census by filling out online information? Turns out, less is the answer.

The pandemic has already caused feds to extend deadlines for completing the once-a-decade count. Residents now have until Halloween to complete the survey—either online, by phone, or by mail.

Nearly 62% have completed the survey already. Wyoming, however, is lagging behind the national average at a 55.6% response rate—dismal enough to place the Cowboy State at 45th in a list of states. Only Montana, Vermont, West Virginia, Maine, New Mexico, and Alaska were lower.

Minnesota (71.2%), Wisconsin (68.7%), and Michigan (68%) were the top three in rankings by state.

In Wyoming, Teton County has the worst showing with just an estimated 28.7% of respondents completing the survey. Sublette (32.1%) and Carbon (39.3%) counties were also near the bottom. Laramie (67.4%), Sheridan (64%), and Park 63.3%) counties were at the top of the list.

Jackson (25.4%) is among the lowest responding cities or townships in Wyoming. Only Superior (25.2%) and Wamsutter (10.8%) show lower participation. Jackson, and Teton County in general, have a high transient population and a lack of physical addresses attached to mailing addresses that are issues often attributed to a lower rate of response.

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