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Press Release

Release Date: June 24, 2020

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Data gathered by the 2020 census will help determine public funding for parks in our communities and throughout the nation, in addition to public funding for schools, health clinics, senior care, job training and housing.

The 2020 census is underway and households across the United States are responding every day. For the first time, participants will be able to respond to the census online, by phone or traditional mail.

While the national self-response rate for the census is 60.7%, the Oklahoma self-response rate recently increased to 54.2%.

Participation impacts our public funding flow to schools, health clinics, senior care, job training and housing in our communities. It also determines our Congressional representation.

Currently, Oklahoma stands 44th in the nation and is ninth among its neighboring states in the Denver/Dallas region regarding response rates.

The top 10 counties leading the way in Oklahoma census responses as of June 4 are: 1. Canadian (66.8%); 2. Cleveland (64.7%); 3. Rodgers (64.1%); 4. Wagoner (62.8%); 5. Washington (62.7%); 6. Tulsa (61.7%); 7. Garfield (60.6%); 8. Oklahoma (60.2%); 9. Logan (60.2%); and 10. Kay (59.6%).

Households can respond online by visiting, by calling (844) 330-2020 for English or (844) 468-2020 for Spanish speaking audiences, or by mail using a self-addressed envelope provided. The deadline for responses is Oct. 31.

About the census

Data collected by the 2020 census is critical. By participating, First Americans will be speaking for generations of people that came before us and those to come after. Census data is an important way to make sure our voices are heard. Participating in the census expresses pride in being First American.

Information gleaned from the census is kept confidential and secure. Census bureau employees are prohibited by law from sharing personal information with anyone.

Federal funding for First American housing programs, transportation, health care and more are distributed on the basis of census data. This information is also used to allocate Congressional seats and electoral votes, and is the basis for redistricting. An accurate count of First Americans is necessary to ensure a proper representative voice in the political process of non-tribal elections.

Census information used by the federal government to provide programs and services to the people living in the local community is also used by private businesses deciding where to invest, creating additional local jobs. Tribal leaders, planners, grant writers and others can access this information to supplement citizenship data and other resources.