There is still time to respond to the 2020 Census, something officials say is important to complete in order to generate money for the community.

The deadline to respond to the census has been extended to Oct. 31 due to the COVID-19 crisis. This questionnaire is used to determine funding for education, health, child welfare and infrastructure, as well as to decide how to configure Congressional district boundaries. Participating in the census can help Phoenix and other cities obtain the resources they need for the coming ten years.

Phoenix City Councilmember Thelda Williams said that 57.4 percent of households in Phoenix had responded to the census, as of May 14. That was below the national average of 59.3 percent but above the Arizona response rate of 55.8 percent. Williams said it is important to have an accurate population count in Phoenix because it will help with funding for items needed for emergencies including COVID-19. Some of the questions in the census include how many people live in a home, if the household is rented or owned and the residents’ race.

In order to answer the questions in the 2020 Census, visit or call 844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish.


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