Latest Census response rate data

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will begin emailing households in low-responding areas to encourage them to respond to the 2020 Census.

Millions of emails will be sent this week and then grow in numbers and continue into September. These emails supplement a final campaign reminding people to respond to the 2020 Census on their own, as census takers begin asking households to respond to the census.

The email messages will invite people to respond online at People who receive the email and haven’t already responded should click on the link provided and complete the census online. It’s easy, safe and important.

Nationwide, 62.7% of Americans had completed the Census, either by mail or online, as of July 28th. Tennessee’s response rate comes in at 62.1%.

Anderson County’s response rate has stayed strong at 66.2%, with Oak Ridge’s rate of 69.1% leading among its cities. All five of the communities specifically identified by the Census Bureau in Anderson County have response rates above 50%. Clinton’s rate is 68.2%, with Oliver Sprimgs at 63.3%, Norris at 63.1 and Rocky Top (still listed as ‘Lake City’) has a response rate of 50.5%.

Campbell County’s response rate is a mediocre 52.5%, with Jacksboro continuing to lead the way with a response rate of 62.6%. Caryville’s response rate is 52.6%, followed closely by LaFollette (52.4%) and Jellico (52.3%).

Roane County’s Census response rate is 61.7%. 67.9% of Kingston residents have completed the survey, easily outpacing the 57% response rate in Rockwood, and Harriman’s 55.1% rate.

56.9% of Morgan County residents have already responded to the Census. Among Morgan County communities, Oakdale has a response rate of 55.7%, while Wartburg comes in at 51.6% and Sunbright at only 48.7%.

The emails will go to all households that the Census Bureau has contact information for in census block groups with a response rate lower than 50%.
The email messages will come from [email protected], and will give recipients the option to opt out of receiving future messages. The Census Bureau is also considering sending text messages to areas that have low response.

Households have until October 31 to respond to the 2020 Census. However, census takers have begun following up with households that haven’t responded yet in select areas and will begin following up with households nationwide in August.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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