May 26, 2020 – The 2020 Census response rates show that Chapel Hill, TN, in Marshall County, surpassed its 2010 Census self-response rate. More than 66.9% of Chapel Hill residents have now responded to the 2020 Census, making it one of only a few communities in Tennessee that have met or surpassed their rate from the 2010 Census.
“The Census Bureau would like to extend our congratulations to the people of Chapel Hill for their high response rate,” said Fernando Armstrong, regional director of the Philadelphia Region for the U.S. Census Bureau. “Your response matters and will help your community get the accurate count it needs to secure federal funding for critical public services and political representation.”
The Census Bureau’s online response rate map shows response rates by state, city, county and census tract and it is updated daily. Households in Marshall County who have yet to respond can complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Households that do not respond to the census will receive a visit from a census taker who will help them respond.
The town of Cornersville leads Marshall County in self-response with more than sixty-nine percent of residence responding so far, just three percent below their 2010 self-response rate.
“It is truly awesome news to learn that Chapel Hill has already surpassed their Census Response Rate from 2010,” said Marshall County Mayor Mike Keny. “I tip my hat to our local Census Committee members from there who have done a great job informing people about the importance of taking part in the 2020 Census and to the Chapel Hill community for responding so positively.”
“I was a little uncertain how people would respond after Covid-19 hit just about the time the Census was gearing up to start, but Marshall Countians have responded in a big way to this point,” Keny said. “Our cities were just as impressive with Cornersville having a response rate of 69%, Chapel Hill at 66.9% and Lewisburg at 62%.”
“I’m excited to see those numbers and it says a lot not only about our county but also our committee members leading the charge,” he added. “I’m encouraging everyone to keep up the good work and asking that if you haven’t filled out your 2020 Census, we really need you to. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s important for all of us.”
Marshall County is ranked eighth in the state with a response rate at 66%.
Tennessee communities with the highest response rate include:
• Ridgeside 87.0%
• Farragut 80.8%
• Brentwood 80.7%
• Germantown 78.1%
• Piperton 77.2%
The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online at 2020census.gov. Households can respond online in English or 12 other languages or by phone. Households can also respond by mail using the paper questionnaire.
As required by the U.S. Constitution, the once-a-decade census must count every person living in the United States. Census data are the basis for our democratic system of government, ensuring that representation in government is equally distributed. Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.
For more information, visit 2020census.gov.