From Wixom to Huntington Woods: Census Response Rates So Far
(Kurt Metzger, May 9, 2020)
We are now five weeks past April 1 – the official “Census Day” – and 45 of Oakland County’s 61 communities have surpassed the 70 percent response rate threshold. Oakland County, as a whole, reached 72.2 percent in the most recent release. This is good enough for 7th place among Michigan counties, with Livingston (75.8%) and Macomb (75.2%) still at the top.
Twenty-six Oakland County cities and villages have exceeded 70 percent, with Huntington Woods (still leading the country) on top at 89.1 percent, followed closely by Pleasant Ridge (85.7%), Beverly Hills (84.1%) and Berkley (84.1%). Also exceeding 80 percent are Lathrup Village (82.2%) and Clawson (81.2%).
Three communities are still below the 60 percent mark. Wixom continues to trail all others at 53.1 percent, and is followed by Pontiac (53.8%) and Lake Angelus (56.4%).
A look at the county’s 21 townships shows that 19 have surpassed the 70 percent threshold, with three – Novi (84.5%), Southfield (81.7%), and Oakland (81.0%) – exceeding 80 percent. The two townships that have yet to reach 70 percent are Royal Oak (63.5%) and Highland (68.5%).
While COVID-19 has pushed back any in-person follow up to nonresponding households, reminder cards are in the mail. The fact that these percentages are based on all addresses in a community means that a ‘complete count’ of 100 percent will not be achieved until the Census Bureau can verify addresses that were vacant on April 1 and remove them from the denominator.
If you’ve not done so yet, go to https://2020census.gov to be counted!