U.S. Census Bureau to host events in Presidio to increase response rates to the 2020 Census 

PRESIDIO — On Tuesday, July 7, the public is asked to tune into radio station KRBP 88.1 FM Radio Bilingue in Presidio, as leaders from the city will speak about the 2020 Census, its  importance and the impact it has on the community. Mayor John Ferguson, County Judge Cinderela Guevara and Children’s Advocacy Center of Big Bend Program Director Guadalupe Carrera will all be on from noon to 1 p.m. CST.

On Friday, July 10, the U.S. Census Bureau, in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Presidio, Texas and the Rio Grande Council of Government will host a 2020 Census Questionnaire Assistance event as part of the “Get Out the Count” campaign. The public is encouraged to attend the event at the Consulate, located at 319 West 21 De Marzo Street, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bilingual census representatives will be available to assist the public in completing their questionnaires.

The purpose of both events is to assist the community with their census questionnaires and increase response rates in the city. The 2020 Census is a simple questionnaire to produce data about everyone living in your household. The Census Bureau wants to ensure that everyone living in a household who should be counted is counted — including newborns, roommates and those who may be staying temporarily.

As of July 5, the national self-response rate was 61.9% and the self-response rate for Texas was 56.6%. The self-response rate for Presidio County is 18.7%.

The 2020 Census impacts how billions of dollars in federal funding for states, cities and local communities are distributed for critical resources such as roads, parks, hospitals, new schools and other vital programs. People are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census using the Census ID number included in the questionnaire packet. Responding with a Census ID helps ensure the most accurate and complete count. People can respond online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by mail using their paper form.