March 10th, 2010 | Posted in Population Basics
by Mark Mather, associate vice president, PRB
Yesterday my household was one of millions nationwide to receive an advance letter from the U.S. Census Bureau, encouraging me to fill out and return my 2010 Census questionnaire when it arrives sometime next week. The Census Bureau sent out a similar letter in 2000, in an effort to boost participation in the once-a-decade count of the U.S. population. In 2000, the national participation rate—or the percent of forms mailed back by households that received them—was around 72 percent.
How well will your community do? You can keep track by visiting the Census Bureau’s Take 10 Map, where they will track participation rates for communities across the country in real time. For more information, you can also visit PRB’s website.