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How many people sent back Census forms?

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

The absolute final numbers are in, and it turns out 74 percent of Americans households responded to the 2010 Census.

Those results match the response rate from a decade ago, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. And since the census folks like numbers, they offered up a few more: 22 states, 1,553 counties, and 278 cities and towns with more than 50,000 people met or exceeded their 2000 response rates.

The Census Bureau first reported in the spring that about 72 percent of households returned forms, but another 2 percent sent them back after the April 27 due date, adding to 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.

A special pat on the back goes to Livonia, Mich., which had an 88 percent response rate, the highest of any city or town with more than 50,000 people. Rochester, Minn., Centennial, Colo., Sterling Heights, Mich. and Naperville, Ill. tied for second, with 83 percent. Four of the top 20 cities or towns are in Michigan, where Groves lived and worked before taking the Census job.

Each of the approximately 47 million households that did not mail back a census form were visited by at least one of the 600,00 temporary workers hired to conduct follow up interviews, the agency said.

The final population numbers on states, counties, cities and towns will start to be released in December so that states can start redrawing Congressional districts.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Posted by: jfdis0afdas | October 22, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I answered two questionnaires, and was visited three times. What a waste of our tax dollars.

Posted by: LarryG62 | October 22, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the naacp can stop wrestling with the Tea Party and address the outrageous conditions at the AOC.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | October 22, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I didn't answer the census. I offered to, but my offer wasn't accepted.

You see, the Supreme Court ruled that the census may ask questions necessary for Congressional discharge of its Constitutional powers. I simply asked for a list of the power to which each question referred, and from which of the 18 enumerated powers of Article One, Section 8 of the Constitution these powers derived.

I didn't get the list, so the Census Bureau didn't get its form from me.

Posted by: dryrunfarm1 | October 22, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I'll send mine in tomorrow. I promise.

Posted by: pswift00 | October 22, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"Arctic is warming, NOAA report says: The agency's Arctic Report Card, based on the work of 69 international researchers and 176 published scientific references, confirms that the Arctic remains vulnerable to climate change."

Sooo ... How much of the Arctic has to melt before low lying areas of the world are impacted?

Posted by: knjincvc | October 22, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I always find it interesting to hear the conspiracy adherents rant and rave about the census.

The census is legal:
1. the United States Constitution requires a count of the people for the purposes of apportionment.
2. the questions asked are part of a bill passed by Congress and signed by the President.

I've spoken with people who take great pride in
having obstructed the efforts of the census to
complete it's legally mandated endeavor...I wonder if they realize the amount of money they cause to be wasted and the potential inaccuracies they can cause in congressional representation.

Posted by: vagaf31 | October 22, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

These tea party freaks are getting real old . . . . . . SO yesterday.

Put a fork in them - all they have left to do anymore is show up at messiah beck's next rally and give him more of their money, if they have any left.

(he's already announced for NEXT JULY! His schtick is old and tired and I don't think he'll last until then)

Posted by: lquarton | October 23, 2010 4:30 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: knjincvc: "Sooo ... How much of the Arctic has to melt before low lying areas of the world are impacted?"

The entire Arctic ice cap can melt without raising the level of the Oceans. You REALLY didn't know that? LMAO!

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 23, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I tend to beleive that none of the returned forms were tabulated. I got three of them, filled them all out and sent them all back, I also was visited twice and informed that I have not responded, So if they took all my data they have record of 25 people living in my house. All hispanic (we are Dutch and German by the way.)

Posted by: jonweiss1 | October 24, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Another submission to WAPO met with "Error" no surprise there.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | October 24, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, American citizens residing abroad were not even questioned during the census. Yet, illegal aliens were counted for assigning legislative districts.

The census needs reform!

Posted by: AnonymousBE1 | October 24, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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