FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Maryland Hits Top Ten in U.S. for Census Response Rate

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David Buck

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Maryland Hits Top Ten in U.S. for Census Response Rate; 

Governor Hogan Encourages Full Participation Prior to September 30 Deadline

Maryland Currently 10th in the U.S. in Self Response Rate; 4th in Internet Response Rate

Census Data Used to Distribute Billions in Federal Funds for Programs and Services, Local Economic Development and Planning Decisions

(August 12, 2020) ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland is now in the top ten in self-response rate for the 2020 Census and continues to encourage all Marylanders to complete their forms at Maryland has a  67.6% self-response rate, well above the national response rate of 63.4%. Maryland ranks fourth in the U.S. in Internet response. Carroll County leads the state with a self-response rate of 79.2%, ranking 26th in the U.S. out of more than 3,200 counties.


“With more than 1.8 million Maryland households having responded to the 2020 Census, reaching the top ten in the U.S. is a great accomplishment,” said Governor Hogan. “That also means that more than three out of every ten households has not yet responded,  and every single response directly impacts the services our communities receive—funding for schools, hospitals, roads, and other emergency and essential services. I continue to urge every single Maryland resident to fulfill their civic duty and help shape our future.”

Every Marylander uncounted represents more than $18,250 in unaccessed federal funding for programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), school construction, emergency preparedness, and transportation projects. Census data also informs reapportionment and redistricting, and ensures that Maryland receives appropriate representation in Congress.

Several statewide and local initiatives are well underway to encourage Marylanders to respond to the Census, and to remind everyone to fill out the Census before September 30, 2020, including:

  • Coordination among state agencies to leverage all resources to reach Marylanders
  • Census messaging on buses, billboards, and radio stations
  • A weekly Census newsletter that reaches more than 41,000 recipients
  • Social media messaging, including weekly Census Champions
  • Assistance to local Complete Count Committees to find ways of developing language-specific messaging in order to reach hard-to-count populations
  • Engagement with business, nonprofit, and faith leaders
  • Participation in local events, including one this past weekend in Wicomico County, where the Maryland Department of Planning worked with local residents to fill out their 2020 Census.

“While the Census is about $1.5 trillion dollars in federal spending, including $16 billion to Maryland, the Census is really about us as Marylanders,” said Planning Secretary Rob McCord. “The Census is about who we are as a state and how many people reside in each community. We count people, not just citizens, and this is our one chance for the next 10 years to paint an accurate portrait of Maryland and each of our communities.”

Maryland has adopted a 21st-century approach to the Census. In addition to the significant outreach on social media and as part of virtual and limited in-person events, Planning created several online tools to identify areas that require additional outreach. Governor Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, and First Lady Yumi Hogan all recorded Public Service Announcements about the 2020 Census, which can be found on the Maryland Census website at

Planning created a Low Response Score and Hard to Count dashboard, which displays socioeconomic and demographic profiles of selected Census tracts, which allows staff to target strategies to improve the Census response rates. Additionally, Planning recently added a map of Food Distribution Centers and Census Tracts by Response Rate. This online mapping application displays Maryland food banks and distribution locations in relation to Census tracts, which staff can leverage to reach Marylanders at sites in low response areas. Planning is also working with the Maryland Food Bank to include informative flyers in meal distribution boxes across the state.

Additionally, Census takers have begun visiting homes that haven’t yet responded to the 2020 Census. All Census takers are wearing masks, following Maryland’s public health guidelines, including physical distancing, and wearing an ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

For more information about the 2020 Census in Maryland, please go to