Census: Florida, Approaches Its 2000 Mail Participation Rate
Census Director says: “Fill Out Your Form and Mail it
As of Thursday, April 15, Florida is just two
percentage point away from matching the mail participation
rate it achieved in the 2000 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau
announced today. New rates released today show that 67
percent of Floridians have mailed back their forms so far,
compared with 69 percent in 2000. The nation as a whole — at
68 percent — is still four percentage points away from
matching the mail response rate achieved in 2000 (72
“We’re asking all Floridians who’ve received a census
form to fill it out and mail it back today,” said U.S.
Census Bureau director Robert Groves. “Your actions can save
taxpayers a significant sum of money because mailing the
form back is much easier and less expensive than having a
census worker come to your door to complete the form with
The U.S. Census Bureau is emphasizing the Friday, April
16, mail deadline because forms put in the mail by tomorrow
will likely be received and processed in time to delete
those households from the list of addresses it will visit
starting May 1. Households that normally pick up their mail
from a post office box are already slated for follow-up in
May from census workers.
If successful, Florida can join North Carolina, South
Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee on the list of states that
have met or surpassed their 2000 mail-back participation
The rates for all states, counties, places, towns and
townships are updated each afternoon through April 23 at
4:00 p.m. on the Take 10 Challenge Map (http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/).
A final rate will be announced May 3.
ABOUT THE 2010 CENSUS
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the
United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to
states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal
funds to tribal, state and local governments each year and
to make decisions about what community services to provide.
The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest in U.S. history,
consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to
complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the
respondents and the information they provide.