November 27, 2020

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Puerto Rico still lags behind filling out the Census | PRESENT

The Institute of Statistics of Puerto Rico reported that, as of July 13, only 25% of households in Puerto Rico had responded to the 2020 Decennial Census.

This percentage places Puerto Rico in the lowest position in response relative to other jurisdictions. In addition, it indicates that Puerto Rico is below 29 percentage points of what was the own-account response to the previous Census in 2010 (54%).

During the months of April and June, the field staff of the The Federal Census Office delivered the questionnaire and an invitation to complete it to the households.

According to the Institute, the information that residents must provide is of utmost importance for the immediate future of Puerto Rico and its municipalities.

They assured that the Completing the 2020 Census, among many other aspects of social and economic planning, allows: knowing how many people live in Puerto Rico; that children have the necessary services for their development; that the elderly obtain their appropriate care and a correct and adequate distribution of funds for the population.

Currently in the municipalities the response level ranges from 14 to 31 percent. Among the lowest levels are Culebra, Vieques, Rincón Guánica and Luquillo. On the other hand, the highest percentages at the moment indicate to be those of the municipalities of Hormigueros, Guaynabo, Bayamón, Sabana Grande and Caguas. Detailed response information by town can be accessed at

“By just spending 10 to 15 minutes to complete it, residents of each household can greatly improve the response to Census 2020. They can do so either Internet, paper or telephone, "said Alberto L. Velázquez-Estrada, manager of statistical projects at the Institute.

Answering the Census is a constitutional mandate. Census data influences daily life, providing information to make important decisions about financing services and infrastructure in the community, including health care, senior centers, jobs, political representation, roads, schools, and businesses.

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