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Maryland finishes 9th in nation as Census count concludes

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 12:57:48-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 2020 Census count has concluded, and Maryland finished ninth in the nation in overall response.

According to Governor Larry Hogan's office, more than 2.2 million households were counted which equals 99.9 percent of the state’s population.

“The participation of 2.2 million Maryland households will mean critical federal funding for our state over the next decade for services used by our citizens every single day—from meals to Medicare and health care to highways. I want to sincerely thank all of the community leaders and volunteers who helped make this a successful Census for the State of Maryland,” said Hogan.

Out of all households, 71 percent completed their census forms online, by mail, or by phone, surpassing the 2010 rate of 69.5 percent.

Carroll County led the way with a response rate of 81.5 percent, which ranked them 24th in the country out of more than 3,200 counties.

Overall, 21 of the state's 24 jurisdictions exceeded their 2010 turnout.

It's estimated that every Maryland resident counted equates to more than $18,250 in federal funding over the next decade.

The funding goes towards entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP and CHIP, among other things.

Census data also determines how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives.