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Census continues in spite of virus

With Census Day (April 1) come and gone, some may assume that the decennial U.S. population count has also come to an end … and they’d be wrong.

“There has been some misinformation going around stating that April 1 was the last day to respond to the census,” said Gloria Williams, Gloucester’s Community Engagement and Public Information Manager and a member of the county’s Complete Count Committee. “April 1 was Census Day, and is by far, not the last day to respond.”

Overall, Virginia has a 50.4 percent response rate so far, which is above the national average of 44.5 percent. “We’re doing great as a state, and actually have the fourth highest percentage of responses of all the states,” Williams said. “This is really exciting, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

In Gloucester, there is a 46.4 percent response rate. “I think it’s a good start,” Williams said, “but we’ve still got ways to go to exceed last decade’s response return.” Mathews, meanwhile, has had a 29.2 percent...

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