Photo Courtesy U.S. Census 2020
By Jon Johnson
ARIZONA – One of the most important things a person can do for their community with the most ease is to simply fill out the census.
Census numbers are used determine congressional representation and will provide data that will be used to proportion government funds, determine where communities need new schools, roads, and critical services. The results also inform the federal government how much federal funding is needed for more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, block grants, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The results of the census will shape how your community is federally funded for the next decade.
As of Sunday, 92.1 percent of households in Arizona have been enumerated, with 63.1 percent self-responding and 29 percent enumerated in a nonresponse followup, according to the United States Census.
Graham County has a 55.8 percent self-response rate, with Safford having a 65 percent rate, Thatcher 65.8 percent, and Pima 49 percent.
To help increase numbers, Safford has created a raffle giveaway for a Traeger grill, Yeti Tundra 65 hard cooler, or $100 credit toward a resident’s utility bill.
In Pima, they also initiated a raffle giveaway and recently gave away a Vizio 50-inch TV and a PlayStation 4.
Pima will have its next drawing on Sept. 30. To enter, fill out the census and bring proof to Pima Town Hall. Those who already completed the census can bring their confirmation email to the town and enter as well.