North Dakota's total response rate for the 2020 U.S. Census is 90.2%, as of Sept. 9, which is higher than the national total.

In terms of total response rate, North Dakota is ranked 28 of 52 areas. Idaho has the highest total response rate - 98.7%.

The census is a once-a-decade population and housing count of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories and is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

The total percentage of U.S. housing units that have responded to the 2020 U.S. Census is 89.4%. Of that total, 65.6% self-responded, and the remaining 23.8% were completed via Nonresponse Followup.

The self-response rate in ND is lower than the national average, however, sitting at 64.4%, but Dickinson's is higher, at 65.5%

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Workers with the U.S. Census Bureau began visiting households in the state that had not responded to the Census on July 30 in a process known as Nonresponse Followup, in which Census takers physically visit residences that have not submitted a Census form.

As of Sept. 8, 73.2% of the households that had not responded to the Census were visited by Census workers.

Census workers are trained in social distancing protocols and are provided face masks that they are required to wear while visiting households.

To verify the identity of a census worker, make sure they have a valid identification badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.

If you have not responded to the Census, you can still do so before a Census worker shows up at your residence to collect your information. Responses can be given by mailing back the paper questionnaire sent in the mail (not applicable to those whose mail was delivered via post office box), by completing the online form at 2020census.gov, or by calling 844-330-2020.

The population count in the Census determines the amount of federal dollars that are sent to North Dakota as well as representation in the state legislature. It can also affect whether or not certain retail chains come to an area.

The U.S. Census Bureau is expected to end all counting efforts on Sept. 30, a month sooner than previously announced.