As the 2020 Census heads into its final stretch with the count scheduled to end Wednesday, Sept. 30, the city of Goodyear is closing in on its 2010 self-response rate.
As of Friday, Sept. 3, Goodyear’s self-response rate was 67.2 %, just under its 2010 self-response rate of 68.1%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s website, 2020census.gov.
Of the residents who self-responded, 62.1% filled out their census questionnaires online.
This is the first time in the biennial count’s 230-year history that an online option has been offered. The first census was held in 1790, when 650 U.S. Marshals carried out the count on a mandate from Congress, and it’s been held every 10 years since.
Here’s how other West Valley cities’ self-response rates stack up:
Litchfield Park: 72.5% self-response, 66.0% online. Self-response in 2010 was 65.8%.
Peoria: 70.9% self-response, 62.0% online. Self-response in 2010 was 69.6%.
Surprise: 69.4% self-response, 60.8% online. Self-response in 2010 was 65.8%.
Buckeye: 63.3% self-response, 56.2% online. Self-response 2010 was 62.2%.
Glendale: 62.8% self-response, 53.0% online. Self-response in 2010 was 63.0%.
Avondale: 59.4% self-response, 50.7% online. Self-response in 2010 was 60.4.
Tolleson: 58.6% self-response, 31.2% online. Self-response in 2010 was 66.5%.
El Mirage: 58.4% self-response, 51.0% online. Self-response in 2010 was 57.2%.
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Nationwide through Sept. 6, 96.5 million households, or 87.5% have been counted. Of those 65.3% self-responded and 20.4% were counted by census-takers, who will continue going door to door through the end of the month. Residents who haven’t responded online, by telelphone or in person to census-takers going door-to-door can do so through Sept. 30.
Arizona’s self-response rate of 61.8% is lagging behind the national average, but is slightly ahead of 2010’s self-response rate of 61.3%. A total of 50.6% of Arizona households filled out their questionnaires online.
Maricopa County’s self-response rate of 65.8% is ahead of the national average and the state’s 2010 self-response rate of 63.8%. A total of 56.2% of households in the county filled out their questionnaires online.
An accurate count ensures Arizona cities get their fair share of population-based state-shared revenues from sales, income, vehicle license and gas taxes, allowing them to provide recreation programming, parks maintenance and development, police and fire coverage, and street repairs and maintenance, among other services.
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Based on 2010 Census results, Goodyear receives $343 per person in state shared revenues annually, which equaled about $25.6 million in fiscal 2020, nearly a quarter of the city’s general fund budget.
Results of the 2020 Census could change the city’s annual per-person allocation, so an accurate count is critical.
The 2010 Census recorded Goodyear’s population as 65,275. In 2018, an estimated 82,835 people called the city home. City Manager Julie Arendall said in March that 2019 estimates put the population at just under 89,000.
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