78% of Sugar Land residents have responded to the 2020 U.S. Census; city is pushing for 100%

Residents have until Sept. 30 to respond to the census. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
Residents have until Sept. 30 to respond to the census. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)

Residents have until Sept. 30 to respond to the census. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)

Sugar Land staff announced Aug. 24 that the city has the No. 1 response rate in Texas for the U.S. 2020 Census among cities with populations over 100,000; 78% of residents have responded to the decennial survey so far.



Residents have until Sept. 30 this year to complete their census response. This data, collected every 10 years, is meant to provide an accurate count of the community to determine how much money cities can receive from the federal government.

This funding goes toward bettering local roads, supporting local businesses and improving city infrastructure, Sugar Land's announcement said on its website.

The survey, which, for the first time, can be completed online this year, has nine questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Residents can respond to the census online at https://my2020census.gov/.

Census responses can also be completed by phone. In-person census takers will visit unresponsive households and will wear a mask when doing so, following local public health guidelines.


In the 2010 census, Sugar Land had an 85% response rate, according to the city's website. Sugar Land has a complete count committee of residents responsible for outreach and education about the 2020 census.

The city's goal is to reach a 100% response rate by the Sept. 30 deadline. For more local census information, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/census2020.

By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.