QUINCY — The U.S. Census Bureau released its first wave of response rates this week and Quincy officials say they couldn't be happier as the city ranks second in terms of overall response in Adams County.
According to the census, 36.4% of Adams County residents have responded to the census forms mailed earlier this month. Residents can complete the census online, my2020census.gov, by mail, U.S. Census Bureau, National Processing Center, 1201 E. 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47132, or by phone, 844-330-2020. The phone lines are monitored from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. EST.
Within Adams County, the community with the highest response rate is Coatsburg, where 37.8% of residents have responded. In the 2010 census, Coatsburg had a population of 147 people. Meanwhile, Quincy's response rate is 36.9%, which is well above the state average of 26.6%.
"I think it is amazing considering that as (The Herald-Whig) said the census could not have come at a worse time (due to the COVID-19 virus)," said Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore on Monday evening following the Quincy City Council meeting.
Members of the city council said they hoped that with many in Quincy staying at home due to the pandemic that residents would take the time to complete the census.
"It only takes a few minutes to complete and really helps out the city," said Alderman Eric Entrup, R-2. This year's census is 10 questions, and federal officials say it takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
The city has set the goal of a 90% response rate, and Moore says he is optimistic that the city will reach that goal. In 2010, the city had an 80% response rate.
"I think it is awesome that the federal government has given us the ability to track those numbers as they come in, and I hope those numbers continue to rise," Moore said. He added that the city will continue its primarily online outreach effort, in hopes of reaching people deemed by the Census Bureau as being "hard-to-count populations," which includes millennials, college students, the children of single parent households, the elderly, and people of color.
Moore said reaching the 90% threshold will be a testament to the volunteers who serve on the city's Complete Count Committee.
"I will be happy but more importantly I will be proud of the entire team we have that is making this happen. We have a very large team of about 50 people, and I think it will just speak volumes about the work they are doing behind the scenes, for free, on behalf of the city."
Response rates from elsewhere in Adams County: Camp Point, 28.7%; Clayton, 24.1%; Columbus, 35.4%; Golden, 28.7%; La Prairie, 15.6%; Liberty, 22.3%; Lima, 25%; Loraine, 22%; Mendon, 30%; Payson, 31.9%; Plainville, 33.3%; and Ursa, 35.1%.
Response rates from neighboring and nearby counties include: Brown, 27%; Calhoun, 1.9%; Hancock, 32.6%; McDonough, 28.9%; Pike, 24.6%; Scott, 22.7%; and Schuyler, 25.8%.