Congressman Tim Ryan: “Don’t Be Left Out—Make Sure YOU Are Counted”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today is releasing an update from the U.S. Census Bureau that indicates that only 68% of the residents of the 13th Congressional District have participated in the census count. Congressman Ryan is strongly encouraging those who haven’t yet been counted to do so as soon as possible. As we move toward the September 30th census deadline, Ryan said that it is very easy to respond to the census, whether it be online, by phone, or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker.
Ohioans can respond online, by phone, or return your paper form. To submit your census, please visit 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.
“Participating in the 2020 census will help shape what the next ten-years look like in our communities as the data will be used to fund roads and bridges, community assets, and even our schools,” said Congressman Ryan. “To ensure that we get all of the federal resources to which we are entitled, we all need to be counted.”
The data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau will be used over the next ten years to determine funding for such things as Fire Departments, EMS and other safety services; health systems including hospitals, free clinics, Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) programming and the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP); and education funding, including schools lunch programs, HeadStart, English as a Second Language (ESL) and special education. Additionally, census data is used to fund public transportation, housing, Meals on Wheels, libraries, parks and serves as the basis for drawing federal congressional districts.
Lighter shaded areas of blue and orange areas are lagging behind. The district is doing well, but we strive for 100% to ensure everyone is counted, especially the hard-to-count populations.
Comparison of Northeastern Ohio Districts – response rates to date
District 11 55.4%
District 13 68.0%
District 14 75.6%
Counties Current % / 2010%
Geauga 78.4% /74.9%
Lake Co 77.0%/75.0%
Link to Response Rate Map https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html