Can you guess which Nevada cities are best at responding to the census?

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Don't include your dog on the 2020 census. Do include any humans residing in your home on April 1. (Photo: April Corbin Girnus)

A third of Nevadans have already responded to the 2020 census but response rates vary dramatically by city, according to numbers released Tuesday by the state’s outreach team.

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Don’t include your dog on the 2020 census. Do include any humans residing in your home on April 1. (Photo: April Corbin Girnus)

Leading the way in census completion is Boulder City, where the state says 43.2 percent of people have responded. Mesquite and Henderson follow with response rates of 42 percent and 41.5 percent, respectively.

Las Vegas currently has a response rate of 36.4 percent, barely edging out Reno’s 36.2 percent.

Three Nevada cities currently have response rates in the single digits: Wells (1.7 percent), Caliente (1.9 percent) and Carlin (3.3 percent). All three cities have a population of 2,200 or fewer.

Here’s the full list of current response rates:

  • Caliente: 1.9%
  • Carlin: 3.3%
  • Boulder City: 43.2%
  • Carson City: 39.6 %
  • Elko: 28.7%
  • Fallon: 42%
  • Fernley: 38.9%
  • Henderson: 41.5%
  • Las Vegas: 36.4%
  • Lovelock: 12.2%
  • Mesquite: 42%
  • North Las Vegas: 34.8%
  • Reno: 36.2%
  • Sparks: 37.7%
  • Wells: 1.7%
  • West Wendover: 17.8%
  • Winnemucca: 34.7%
  • Yerington: 42.4%

(All figures reflect data as of March 30.)

The statewide response rate currently sits at 34.5 percent — just below the nationwide average of 34.7 percent.

Every residence in Nevada should have received either “an invitation” to complete the census online or the paper version of the census questionnaire in their mailbox by April 1, which is officially known as Census Day. Many will have received multiple reminders already.

Nevada is a notoriously hard-to-count state, for a variety of reasons. Outreach workers and community organizers are pushing participation, trying to spread the word that for every person counted in the census the state receives $20,000 in federal funding over the next decade. That funding supports healthcare, infrastructure and education, among other things.

So, if you haven’t already, complete your census at 2020Census.gov

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April Corbin Girnus
April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. April currently serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists Las Vegas pro chapter. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and three mutts.