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Southwest Kansas counties record low census response rates


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Census organizers in Kansas plan to ramp up efforts to get people counted, particularly in southwestern counties where response rates are low.

Morton, Stanton, Haskell and Lane counties are showing that 15% to 30% of residents have responded to census forms delivered to their homes. Kansas has a 64.8% self-response rate, on par with most other states.

Many in the counties don't get mail at home, using a P.O. Box, for example, and a planned effort to hand-deliver forms in March was delayed by emergence of coronavirus infections. Census workers resumed the effort in mid-...

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