After a slow start, census workers have canvassed over 90 percent of Door County properties. There are two weeks left to visit about 950 homes that did not send back their census form in the spring. Dan Powers, from the League of Women Voters and was a member of the Complete Count Committee, says that Door County’s response rate was so low in April due to a couple of factors. One was COVID-19. As forms were mailed out to second homes and rental properties, Door County government was recommending that seasonal residents stay home until more was known about the pandemic and how to fight it. Powers says that many homeowners were not aware that they were supposed to submit a form for all of their properties.
Compared to the 48% overall county response rate, the City of Sturgeon is estimated at 75 percent. Seasonal residents and vacation homes make up a much smaller portion of its properties. Work is scheduled to be wrapped up by September 30th. Powers is not employed by the Census, but as a member of the Complete Count Committee, he gets regular updates on its progress.
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