Balltown Honored as First Iowa Town with 100% Census Response

A Dubuque County town is the first in Iowa to have every single household respond to the 2020 Census.

Balltown is the first town in the state – and the second in the entire United States – with a 100% response rate. Balltown Mayor Sherri Sigwarth says the goal to get all of Balltown’s residents to participate began months ago when a Census representative visited their Dubuque County mayors meeting.

Completing the Census only takes a few minutes and it can be done online at or by calling 844-330-2020. Or you can fill out the questionnaire that was mailed to you earlier this year. Sigwarth says participating in the Census is important because it helps provide resources to your community and state.

Sigwarth realizes it may be easier for a smaller town to reach a 100% response rate – Balltown has only 73 residents – but she encourages every mayor in Iowa to reach out to their residents to promote the Census and get the questionaires filled out. And she has a little incentive for those who do…

Balltown was honored for being the first Iowa city with a 100% response rate to the 2020 Census during a special ceremony on Thursday. Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and Secretary of State Paul Pate presented the “Key to the Future Response Rate Challenge” Award to Mayor Sigwarth, followed by lunch and pie at Breitbach’s.


photo courtesy of U.S. Census Bureau