In an effort to further promote the 2020 Census and get more people to respond, the Tulsa Regional Complete Count Committee will be sponsoring a 2020 Census Caravan on Saturday, July 25, from 10:20 a.m. – noon.
Participants will meet at the northwest corner of East 11th St. and Lewis Ave. to decorate cars with Census signs at 10:20 a.m. From 11 a.m. to noon, they will drive through nearby residential areas in the Kendall-Whittier, Cherokee Heights, and Independence neighborhoods where self-response rates are lower than average, encouraging people to respond.
Attendees can RSVP to the event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/314311152947244/
Participants are asked to follow the City mask ordinance as they decorate cars before the caravan begins.
In Tulsa, 59.1 percent of households have responded to the Census. The Tulsa Regional Complete Count Committee says they hope this event will push that number above 60 percent by the end of July.
This event is part of a nationwide effort hosted by the Census Counts campaign to encourage all residents of the country to respond before the deadline. The Census Bureau's Non-Response Follow Up efforts begin on August 11, as COVID-19 has delayed their in-person door knocking efforts that normally would have started in May.
The final deadline to respond to the Census is October 31. Residents can respond to the Census at https://2020census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020.
About the Census
The United States Constitution requires a Census once every 10 years, and its results affect the future of American communities. The Census helps determine the federal funding Tulsa receives that supports area school lunch programs, infrastructure, early education, healthcare and other core services. Census results also help in drawing our congressional and state legislative districts so we have fair political representation. Historically, racial and ethnic minorities, children under 5, low-income earners, apartment residents, and other groups have been undercounted