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Census 2020

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – Jamestown and Valley City are challenging each other to be the most counted during the 2020 U.S. Census.

Valley City Mayor Dave Carlsrud has challenged Jamestown Mayor Dwaine Heinrich to a response rate competition. The competition will pit Jamestown against Valley City to see who can get more residents to respond and get counted for the 2020 U.S. Census.

“After the census response period ends on July 31, we will compare the cities’ “self-response rates” — that is, the percentage of residents in each city who voluntarily self-responded to the census, as tabulated by the U.S. Census Bureau,” said Mayor Carlsrud.

The city with the higher self-response rate/percentage will be declared the winner. The “losing” city’s mayor will have to wear a baseball cap promoting the “winning” city (e.g., “I Love Valley City”) at the next televised city meeting. This is a friendly competition that is aimed at raising awareness and participation in both communities.

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