According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Ottawa County has the third-highest census response rate among Michigan’s 83 counties.


In Ottawa County, 72.7 percent of households have either completed their census forms online, over the phone or via mail.


Of the county’s municipalities, Blendon Township has the highest response rate, checking in at 82.3 percent. The township has the eighth-highest response rate in Michigan.


The city of Holland has a 70.6 percent response rate so far. During the 2010 census, the city had a 73.8 percent rate.


Allegan County has a 65.3 percent response rate. Overisel Township has the highest rate in the county, clocking in at 82.2 percent.


Michigan has the fifth-highest response rate among states at 63.1 percent overall. According to the Census Bureau, 3 million households in Michigan have completed their census forms.


The census, which takes place every 10 years, is used to determine an accurate population count in the U.S.


Census population counts are used to determine state and federal funding, as well as government representation.


Paul Sachs, Ottawa County director of planning and performance, said census counts affect various county services.


"Completing the census means funding for education, child care, SNAP and WIC benefits, road work, health care and housing," he said. "Accurate reporting on our populations directly translates into services for our residents."


Last week, the Census Bureau distributed reminders to complete the census to around 69 million households in the U.S.


Census takers will visit households that have not completed their census forms later this summer.


Elsewhere in Ottawa County, three other municipalities cracked the top 50 response rates in Michigan: Zeeland Township at 79.7 percent, Jamestown Township at 79.4 percent and Hudsonville at 79.3 percent.


The census form can be completed online at census.gov.


— Contact reporter Arpan Lobo at alobo@hollandsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @arpanlobo.