The U.S. Census Bureau announced 99.9% of South Carolina addresses and housing units have been accounted for as of Oct. 23 for the 2020 Census.
In addition, 61% of South Carolina residents self-responded to the 2020 Census questionnaire, while 38.9% of the state’s population responded after a census worker followed up with them. Census employees also confirmed addresses provided by respondents as well as notated vacant housing units and performed other quality checks on self-responses and census-taker work, said the U.S. Census Bureau in a statement.
A census of the population is required every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution, and the 2020 Census counted every person living in the country as of April 1, 2020, the same statement said.
Results from the census determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and help inform the government when allocating hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds for critical public services and infrastructure, including roads and bridges, schools, emergency response, fire departments and hospitals.