Nearly 57% of Chattanoogans have filled out 2020 census

Photo by Matt Rourke of The Associated Press /Shown is a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident, in Glenside, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

With more people staying at home in recent months due to the coronavirus, the U.S. Census Bureau reports a growing number of people are filling out their 2020 census forms even without the conventional enumerators going house to house to gather the information.

The census takers who would normally be knocking on peoples' doors to remind them to fill out the forms or directly ask the census questions were sidelined this spring to limit the potential spread of the virus. In their place, the Census Bureau is urging residents to fill out forms for the decennial population count online or via the U.S. mail.

So far, 61.4% of Americans have filled out and returned their 2020 census on their own. Nearly half of all households filled out the census form online.