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Posted at 6:25 PM ET, 04/16/2010

Va., D.C. match 2000 response rate

By Washington Post Editors

Virginia and the District reached a census milestone Friday when they matched the response rate for the 2000 Census, while Maryland is lagging behind.

According to the Census Bureau, 73 percent of Virginian households and 66 percent of District households have mailed in their questionnaires, the same as in 2000. At 71 percent, Maryland residents are three percentage points behind the 2000 response rate. Nationwide, 69 percent have responded.

After an extensive advertising campaign, many response rates are approaching or have surpassed the rates reached in late April a decade ago. As of April 13, at least 10 percent of the nation’s counties had exceeded their 2000 Census response rates by at least five percentage points, according to an analysis by the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Next week, the Census Bureau will begin compiling master lists of addresses where no one mailed back a census form. From May 1 through early July, census takers will start knocking on doors of people who didn’t mail back their forms.

— Carol Morello

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By Washington Post Editors  | April 16, 2010; 6:25 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  2000 Census, Census, Census Bureau, Maryland, United States Census Bureau, d.c. matches census rate, virginia matches census rates  
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