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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Area Census response slowed to a crawl, advocates concerned

A small handful of enumerators and thousands of residents still uncounted


September 10, 2020

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Two Wayang Kulik puppets, or shadow puppets, are used in shows where the audience only sees the shadows of the puppets against a screen.

There are less than four weeks to respond to the 2020 Census, and the counts for the area are less than satisfactory for many area residents.

With just over three weeks left, Eastern Washington was about 35 percent away from being fully enumerated: Far below the national average and a likely representation of primarily rural communities, like Waitsburg and Walla Walla, across the nation.

Of 39 Washington Counties, Walla Walla ranks 13th with a response rate of 67.9 percent. In 2010, Walla Walla County had a 69.9 percent response rate. Columbia County is ranked 24th with a 58.1 percent respo...

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