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Tracking participation in the 2010 Census

April 7, 2010

The city of Owensboro recently announced that its response rate for this year’s census was significantly higher – 16th among cities its size around the country.

That’s pretty impressive, and good to hear. It’s important for communities to participate and provide the most accurate picture of themselves as possible – politically, financially and sociologically.

From a personal standpoint, I’m a numbers junkie, and have spent a lot of time poring over figures from the U.S. Census in the past, and am eager to see what this round of counting has to say about Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky and the United States.

Perhaps as a bit of motivation, the U.S. Census Bureau has put together an online map that allows you to track how your community is doing when it comes to answering those 10 questions on the census form and mailing them back in.

Head here and plug in your zip code or city’s name to find out how you community is doing in responding to the 2010 census.

As of this afternoon, the response rate nationally was 62 percent. In Kentucky, it’s 67, with a 76 percent response rate in Daviess County and 74 percent response rate in the city of Owensboro.

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