Geauga County Surpasses Its 2010 Census Response Rate: Lake County Not Far Behind

(Philadelphia, PA) May 26, 2020 – The latest 2020 Census response rates released show that Geauga County surpassed their 2010 Census response rate. Over 75.7% of Geauga County residents have now responded to the 2020 Census, up from its 74.9% in 2010 and Lake County is at 74.2%, close to its 2010 rate of 75%. Both counties continue to be among the leaders in the state for all of 88 counties.  As a whole, Ohio is at 65.2%

 “The Census Bureau would like to extend our congratulations to the people of Geauga and Lake Counties for their high response rate,” said Fernando Armstrong, Regional Director of the Philadelphia Regional Census Center of the  U.S. Census Bureau. “Every 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. Households who have yet to respond can complete the 2020 Census online at, by phone at 844-330-2020, or returning their form by mail.

Households that do not respond to the census will receive a visit from a census taker who will help them respond later this summer, when field operations resume.

States with the highest response rate include (leading states):

  • Minnesota 70.0%
  • Wisconsin 67.4%
  • Iowa 66.9%
  • Michigan 66.7
  • Nebraska 66.4%
  • Washington state 65.4%
  • Tied – Virginia 65.2%
  • Tied – Ohio 65.2%
    County response rates:
  • Geauga County 75.7%
  • Lake County 74.2%
  • Portage County 67.9%
  • Trumbull County 66.7%
  • Cuyahoga County 61.7%
  • Ashtabula County 58.3%

The Census Bureau strongly encourages the public to respond online at Households can also respond online in English or 12 other languages or by phone. Households can also respond by mail using the paper questionnaire. The self-response phase is open through October 31, 2020.

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.

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Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold