US Census Participation Rates

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Unless you never check your mail, those living in the United States have probably received more than one reminder (I’ve received two postcards and one letter so far) that you’re required by law to fill out and mail back in your census form.  Even with that legal requirement, only 72% of households returned their census forms, with averages ranging greatly from state to state.  As part of an effort to encourage census participation, the U.S. Census has partnered with Google Maps to on their “Take 10 Map” which shows updated census participation rates across counties.  You can enter in your ZIP Code or location to find your local participation rate, the state rate and the national response rate.  The mapping application only recently launched to coincide with the delivery of forms to households.  You can also download a CSV file listing the response rates to date by place and state.

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