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Orleans has low response rate with Census

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 June 2020 at 8:39 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Hoag Library in Albion has been using its sign to encourage people to fill out the Census.

Orleans County residents continue to have a low response rate to filling out the federal Census. The county, as of Thursday, had a 50.5 percent response rate. That is below the state response rate of 56.8 percent and the national rate of 61.5 percent.

The county’s response rate is among the worst in Western New York. The rates for other WNY counties include:

  • Erie, 66.4
  • Monroe, 63.8
  • Genesee, 61.0
  • Livingston, 59.9
  • Chautauqua, 55.0
  • Wyoming, 54.6
  • Orleans, 50.5
  • Cattaraugus, 49.7
  • Allegany, 45.7

Among Orleans County towns, Yates has the lowest response rate at 37.0 percent while Clarendon has the highest at 63.7 percent.

  • Clarendon, 63.7
  • Barre, 61.5
  • Shelby, 59.3
  • Ridgeway, 52.6
  • Gaines, 51.9
  • Murray, 51.9
  • Albion, 47.3
  • Kendall, 45.1
  • Carlton, 39.7
  • Yates, 37.0

The Orleans County response rate has increased about 2 percent in the past month. It was 48.8 percent on May 17.

In 2010, Orleans had a 66.8 percent response to the Census, which is required to be filled out by law every 10 years.

Click here to see a map on the Census Bureau showing the response rates of towns, counties and states.

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