WORTHINGTON — The deadline to respond to the 2020 U.S. census is Sept. 30, and more replies are needed in the next two weeks in order to get an accurate count of the population.

Census data determines things like congressional district boundary lines, state and federal funding and how many representatives each state gets in the U.S. House. Businesses and non-profit organizations use census data to decide where to expand and focus resources.

Every resident, regardless of citizenship status, should respond to the census in order to ensure the local area gets its fair share of resources allotted.

"I am doing my best on the inside to ensure that Worthington isn’t forgotten about when the State and Fed are deploying resources for follow-ups," said Jason Brisson, Worthington Assistant City Administrator/Director of Economic Development.

The self-response rate to the census in Minnesota was as 74.5% as of the latest data, collected Wednesday. A breakdown of local counties is as follows:

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  • Cottonwood 72.6%
  • Jackson 72.1%
  • Murray 66.0%
  • Nobles 68.2%
  • Pipestone 71.4%
  • Rock 77.1%

Beginning Aug. 11, census workers began knocking on doors of those who have not yet self-responded.

Residents may respond to the census online at 2020census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020 between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m., seven days a week. For assistance in a language other than English, visit 2020Census.gov/languages.