BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging more Louisiana residents to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census. He says the state’s participation rate is among the lowest in the nation. About 56% of Louisiana households have responded to the census online, by mail or by phone so far. That's compared to a national rate topping 61%. Edwards says Louisiana ranks 44th in the nation and last in the Deep South in its participation rate. Census data determines how many members of Congress a state has and is used to divvy up significant sums of federal dollars that flow to states.

How are Parishes doing in responding? Take a look.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins says "we have to get this number up. Let’s finish strong. Shreveport is counting on you!" The Mayor says you can fill it out online at  my2020census.gov, by phone at 1-844-330-2020 or by mail if you got the paper form.