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Kendall County second in Illinois for highest 2020 Census self-response rate

Kendall County Board member Robyn Vickers talks during the Tuesday, Oct. 6 County Board meeting at the old county courthouse in Yorkville.
Kendall County Board member Robyn Vickers talks during the Tuesday, Oct. 6 County Board meeting at the old county courthouse in Yorkville.

YORKVILLE – Kendall County is among the top most responsive counties for the 2020 U.S. Census within Illinois, according to county officials and U.S. Census Bureau data.

Kendall County Board member Robyn Vickers, who also serves on the county's Complete Count Commission, said there is still some legal wrangling about what the official last day to respond to the 2020 census is. Regardless, as of about 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, households could still respond online.

Vickers said that, as of Sunday, Oct. 4, 99.8% of all of Illinois has been enumerated – whether that means households responded themselves or an enumerator knocked on the door to complete the household census response that way. As of Friday, that percentage bumped up to 99.9%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Which is fantastic,” Vickers said.

As of Tuesday, Kendall County's self-response rate was at 82.1% – tied with McHenry County at the time.

As of about 2 p.m. Friday, Kendall County was reporting an 82.2% self-response rate – the second highest in the state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Monroe County had an 82.8% self-response rate and McHenry County was at 82.1%.

“I feel really good that, looking at some of the tracks of how [many households have] responded, that we may actually be closer to the 90% target that we are hoping for,” Vickers said.

As of Tuesday, Kendall County's total response rate was at 83%, according to Vickers.

Vickers confirmed Tuesday enumerators were no longer going door-to-door for census responses.

As of about 2 p.m. Friday, Plano had a self-response rate of 77.1% and Sandwich had a 79.8% rate, per census data. Yorkville had an 82.5% self-response rate, Montgomery was at 82.7% rate and Oswego at 85.7%. According to the bureau, those five cities did not make the state's top 100 cities with the highest self-response rate for the 2020 census.

Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder said those high rankings within the county are huge. He said county officials have reiterated over and over again that the more households who respond, the more that helps the county potentially secure more funding and resources down the line.

“It’s so important," Gryder said.

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