CDA REMINDER: Colorado’s Rural Counties Reminded to Complete the 2020 Census

Broomfield, Colo. – As the 2020 Census deadline of September 30 approaches, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is reminding the state’s rural counties of the importance of being counted. While Colorado’s current overall self response rate in more populous metro counties is exceeding 75%, some rural areas have current self-response rates of 50% or less including Baca, Cheyenne, Conejos, Costilla, Dolores, Routt, and Saguache counties.

A current Colorado county Census response map is available here.

Accurate census data from Colorado’s rural communities is vital, as the information is used as the reference for distribution of many federal dollars, including funding for the school lunch program, Medicaid and Medicare, highway construction, USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program, and more.

Completing the 2020 Census takes about 10 minutes. The form does not ask about U.S. citizenship and is available in 13 languages. Visit 2020census.gov to file online or call 844-330-2020 by September 30, 2020.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.