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Friday, April 23, 2010

Census return rate could exceed 2000 pace

Department of Commerce thanks citizens

"As forms continue to trickle in Americans are poised to match, and could overtake, the 72 percent who returned their short forms during the last census."
-Washington Post, April 23, 2010

Congratulations to the American public for its remarkable display of civic participation, a commitment to the common good that exceeded the expectations of many. Today’s achievement is even more impressive within the context of a decade of declining participation in surveys of all kinds, both public and private. Seventy-two percent is not the final mailback participation rate, and we will let you know when the final rate is announced. We wanted to share this good news with you today.

Thank you for your support of the 2010 Census and kudos to everyone across the country for rallying to achieve this rate. Unprecedented partnership efforts, and the engagement of local communities and elected officials played a central role in achieving this milestone. The high level of participation will save money and make the upcoming door-to-door count easier to complete.

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