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ND Census Director: 'Surprised' at the count

Apr 29, 2021

North Dakota’s Census director Kevin Iverson was surprised by the count.

It shows North Dakota's population at 779,704 people -- 16 percent higher than the 2010 Census.

"We came in about 10,000 more than I was expecting," Iverson said. "Sometimes, it's nice to be wrong."

Iverson said it was a challenging year for the Census count, dealing with COVID-19. He said with the pandemic so top of mind, it was tough getting the message out about people filling out their Census forms.

ND's census response now close to 93 percent

Sep 16, 2020

With about two weeks left to complete the Census, North Dakota’s response rate has reached nearly 92.8 percent.

"64.5% of that is the self-response component," said North Dakota Census Office state director Kevin Iverson. "An additional 28.3% is enumerator collected data."

Iverson said where people have not self-responded, people are going door-to-door. He said North Dakota's response is better than the national average. And Iverson attributes that to a head-start.

Census will essentially conclude by the end of Sept.

Sep 4, 2020

The 2020 Census will essentially conclude by the end of September.

The director of the North Dakota Census Office said that includes self-reporting, as well as door-to-door contacts.

Kevin Iverson said originally, the plan was to have the Census completed during the summer.

"But those plans changed, due to COVID-19," Iverson said. "There was a proposal to extend the data collection into October, but the plan is to wrap things up September 30."

The push to have people fill out their Census forms

Jul 16, 2020

So far, 61.6 percent of North Dakota households have responded to the 2020 Census.

The national average is 62 percent.

"Of the 50 states, we're the 26th," said North Dakota Census Office Manager Kevin Iverson.

Iverson said at the end of June, postcards were sent to everyone with a post office box, reminding them to fill out the Census. He said the Census Bureau plans another mailing in a few weeks, to all households that have not yet responded. And Iverson said in early August, Census workers will start going door-to-door.

Minot hoping for 50,000 population count

May 24, 2020

The City of Minot has a goal: To get to the 50,000 population level in the 2020 Census.

"By achieving 50,000 residents, we would be eligible for additiional sources of federal funding, community develpment block grants, metropolitan planning orgianzation funding, for long range transportation planning," said Minot Community and Economic Development Director Brian Billingsley.

Billingsley said the City is making an effort to make sure all Minot residents are counted in the Census.

A one day workshop was held in Bismarck to talk about the 2020 Census.

It was sponsored by the North Dakota Census 2020 Task Force – and was dubbed “We’re Counting on You.”

North Dakota Census Office manager Kevin Iverson said the purpose of the workshop was for everyone to learn how the Census will be conducted, and specifically what happens when people don’t respond. Iverson said in 2010, the results were seen as incomplete.

Burgum talks voting, census

Jan 23, 2020
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Doug Burgum wants to make sure every North Dakotan who is eligible to vote is able to cast a ballot.

And Burgum said that includes tribal members.

That was one of Burgum's messages to tribal leaders at the recent Government to Government Partnerships and Relationships Conference held recently at Bismarck State College.

"There are organizations that profit when they can create a division," Burgum said in an interview. "They have a narrative that for some reason, people would be prevented from voting. But the opposite is what the truth is."

Census Bureau looking for North Dakota workers

Jan 2, 2020

The US Census Bureau is looking for temporary workers to help with the count.

And the Bureau has raised the per-hour pay in North Dakota, in part because of the state’s low unemployment rate.

The Census Office Manager for the state Commerce Department, Kevin Iverson, said in western North Dakota, the pay has been upped from $17 to $21 an hour, while in the eastern counties, it went from $15.50 to $18. The exception is Cass County, where the pay is now $21 an hour.

2020 Census: Getting things ready to get it done right

Aug 14, 2019

Things are ramping up at the North Dakota Census office. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald provides some insight into what it takes to accurately count North Dakota’s population…