Nation Achieves 74 Percent Final Mail Participation in 2010 Census

Nation Achieves 74 Percent Final Mail Participation in 2010 Census



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Nation Achieves 74 Percent Final Mail Participation in 2010 Census

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 21
/PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that 74
percent of households in the United States filled out and mailed back their
2010 Census questionnaire, matching the final mail participation rate achieved
in the 2000 Census. Twenty-two states, 1,553 counties, and 278 cities and
townships with a population of 50,000 or more met or exceeded their 2000 Census
participation rates. The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico also met or
exceeded their rates.

 

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The final 74 percent
mail participation rate includes an additional 2 percent of households that
mailed back their forms after April 27, when the U.S. Census Bureau announced a
72 percent participation rate. While these forms were received too late to
prevent a visit by a census taker, they were included in the final tally.

 

“We are very
pleased with the public’s response to the 2010 Census, and these results
demonstrate that the public stepped up to be counted,” Census Bureau
Director Robert Groves said.

 

Approximately 47
million households that did not mail back a census form by the deadline were
visited by census takers in person as part of a series of operations and
methods to ensure as complete a count as possible. The Census Bureau either
received a form or attempted repeated visits to 100 percent of the identified housing
units in the country.

 

“As the law
requires, we look forward to reporting to the nation by Dec. 31 the national
and state populations as well as the allocation of seats to each state in the
U.S. House of Representatives,” Groves said.

 

The final mail
participation rates for the nation, states, counties, cities, towns and even
the neighborhood level can now be found on the 2010 Census website (2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/2010textview.php).

 

Below are final mail
participation results from the 20 largest cities nationwide based on 2008
population estimates.

 

Highest Mail
Participation Rates: Cities with Populations Over 100,000

 

Cities              Percent

 

Livonia, Mich.           88

Rochester, Minn.         83

Centennial, Colo.        83

Sterling Heights, Mich.  83

Naperville, Ill.         83

Olathe, Kan.             82

Arvada, Colo.            82

Cary, N.C.               82

Hialeah, Fla.            82

Madison, Wis.            82

Thousand Oaks, Calif.    81

Warren, Mich.            81

Overland Park, Kan.      81

Boise, Idaho             81

Billings, Mont.          80

Ann Arbor, Mich.         80

Independence, Mo.        80

Sioux Falls, S.D.       
80

Chesapeake, Va.          80

Lincoln, Neb.            80

 

 

Editor’s note: News
releases, reports and data tables are available on the Census Bureau’s home
page. Go to www.census.gov and click on “Releases.”

 

Public Information Office

301-763-3691

e-mail:
pio.2010@census.gov

 

SOURCE  U.S. Census Bureau

Nation Achieves 74 Percent Final Mail Participation in 2010 Census