As city and county officials urge residents to participate in this decade’s federal census, Williamson County is above of the nation’s average response rate, as well as the state's, as of April 1.
Overall, the response rates in the county are at 46.5%, as compared to the rate of 39.1% for the state of Tennessee and 38.4% for the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Response rates for the cities of Brentwood and Franklin are also ahead of state and national rates, at 53.4% and 44.1%, respectively.
This year marks the first time that census submissions can be made online as opposed to by mail or phone; the vast majority of census submissions have been done by through the internet.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has suspended field operations through at least April 15, meaning the bureau is further relying on the internet for census data.
In Williamson County, 46.3% of total submissions have been through the census website, while Brentwood and Franklin have had 53.2% and 43.9% of their census submissions completed online.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the results can shape the future of communities by informing the federal government of how funds should be distributed for health clinics, school programs, disaster recovery initiatives and other services and programs throughout the nation for the next 10 years.