Analyzing the response rates from Census 2010 helps communities know where to focus efforts for Census 2020 promotional efforts.
Not only does a higher response rate mean a more accurate count of the population, but it is better from the perspective of fiscal responsibility. When households don't respond to the questionnaires, the Census Bureau must send fieldworkers to their addresses in an effort to collect their responses, which is much more costly to taxpayers.
The Census Bureau published the final Census 2010 mail participation rates on October 21. Indiana ranked third (tying with Iowa) at 79 percent. This compares to 74 percent for the U.S. overall.
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