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Census wrapping up national count Wednesday

EAST LIVERPOOL — Time is running out for people to make sure that they count, by filling out and returning their United States Census forms.

Authorities acknowledge that the 2020 census has been more difficult, as they find themselves overshadowed in a national pandemic.

According to Rachel A. Donofrio of the bureau, Ohio residents overall had a 70 percent self-response rate, and Columbiana County was slightly lower at 68.6 percent for individuals who responded either to the forms online, by postal mail or by phone. That number is slightly better than the final number for self-response in 2010, 67.5 percent.

Currently East Liverpool is at 56.1 percent, 3 percent below their 2010 number.

Registration for tract 9521, which appears to encompass the LaCroft, Pleasant Heights, west side, Myler Park and Jethro areas of the city, is way down, according to Donofrio. In an email to Mayor Greg Bricker, she reported that only 41.8 percent of people from that tract have self-reported, below the city’s final numbers for self-reports from that tract in 2010 of 54 percent.

The email sent Monday also detailed how she had stationed people in the area through Wednesday at seemingly high traffic locations that include Rogers Sale; Calcutta JCPenneys, which is in the midst of selling off as it is closing (Saturday 9/26 through Wednesday 9/30) Milligan’s Hardware (Saturday 9/26); Pottery City Antique Mall; Bricker’s Cafeteria and the Hot Dog Shoppe (Saturday 9/26) in addition to his office in city hall.

Census representatives also were counting the people experiencing homelessness Tuesday through Thursday at outdoor locations, such as parks, wooded areas, beaches, tent cities, alley and under bridges. Emergency and transitional shelters, soup kitchens and food distributions are popular spots, even though COVID-19 delayed the plans. The goal is for people experiencing homelessness to get counted where they stay or receive services.

That count was originally scheduled for March 30 through April 1, according to census materials.

The 2020 census determines everything from congressional representation to distribution of billions in federal dollars for grants and services for one’s community.

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