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Plainfield makes census count

Madhu Mayer | 9/18/2020, 6 a.m.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the self-response rate for the Village of Plainfield in completing the 2020 census is up from ...

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the self-response rate for the Village of Plainfield in completing the 2020 census is up from 10 years ago.

Amy DeBoni, community relations director, said self-response rate for the village is 82.5 percent, up from 79.4 percent in 2010. The self-response rate for the State of Illinois is 70.1 percent.

"There is still an opportunity to close the gap, as responses will be collected until Sept. 30," she said. Residents can respond online at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.

In late 2019, a Complete Count Committee was created in Plainfield, made up of local governmental agencies and organizations, with the purpose to spread awareness of the 2020 census population count and dispel misinformation.

Throughout the year, DeBoni said the committee has participated in an outreach campaign sharing information and updates on the 2020 census through social media, email, printed flyers, signage and more. The 2020 census was the first time that the U.S. Census Bureau provided residents the option to respond to their census questionnaire online and over the phone, in addition to the mail-in option.

Responding online has proven to be easy and convenient for Plainfield residents as a vast majority, or 77.4 percent, utilized that option.

Village Administrator Brian Murphy urged people to consider the financial impact to the community the census presents every 10 years. He said the Village of Plainfield stands to gain $1 million in revenue each year if everyone is counted.

"It is imminently important we get a full count," he said. "If you haven't been counted, please be counted."

Per the Constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau has until Dec. 31 to submit the data collected.