Lehigh Valley census response rates may fall below 2010 count

Written by on October 21, 2020

 Lehigh Valley census response rates may fall below 2010 count 

By Genesis Ortega, WLVR News

October 21, 2020

Shown is an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident, in Glenside, Pa., Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

After a few deadline changes, the 2020 census officially ended on October 15th. But as WLVR’s Genesis Ortega reports, local city officials say it may be weeks before complete count numbers are available. 

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In an email Tuesday afternoon, Allentown city officials expressed uncertainty on when and if the Census Bureau would provide final response rates for this decade’s effort. 

Preliminary counts came in around 3.5% lower in all three cities in the Lehigh Valley, compared to 2010. That’s despite being one of the few areas of the state to show significant population growth over the past decade, according to other census estimates.

These numbers, however, are not all-inclusive as they do not include the households which have responded to door-to-door efforts made by Census employees in the field since August. 

Dec. 31 marks the deadline for White House officials to receive the final count from the Census Bureau. 

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