How many people sent back Census forms?
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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