Oklahoma is below the national average in filling out the 2020 census at 58%. The deadline to fill it out and have it turned in is September 30.
Officials have been taking the time to remind Oklahomans to make sure they get it done because the count will affect congressional representation and federal funding that is allocated to the state.
"For each person that fails to take the census the city loses about $1,675 dollars per year for ten years and that is in federal funding for things like schools, highways and school lunch programs,” said Kristy Yager, the Public Information Officer for the City of Oklahoma City.
Most of the counties in the state of Oklahoma have a below 60% response rate. Right now, Oklahoma City has a 62% response rate. Both of those things show that not everyone has filled it out in the state. Which is why the U.S. Census Bureau has said they will have census takers going to households they haven’t received a response from.
"Our census takers are trained in social distancing and required to wear a mask when they are out working,” said Emily Kelley. The U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Coordinator for Kansas and Oklahoma. “But they will come to your door and complete the census response with you in person."
If you need to complete the census you can do so online at 2020census.gov or you can call 844-330-2020.