Local residents participate overwhelmingly in census

May 4, 2010

By Staff

Most Issaquah residents — 76 percent — had participated in the nationwide census by last week.

To complete the decennial count, census workers will start visiting homes in May. April 16 marked the deadline to return census forms by mail. Census workers will soon fan out across neighborhoods to visit households that did not return the forms.

The return rate for Issaquah exceeds state and national averages. Statewide, 74 percent had returned census forms by last week. Washington has also exceeded the participation rate for the 2000 Census. Officials reported the national participation rate at 72 percent last week.

Issaquah lags behind neighboring Sammamish: 80 percent of residents there returned census forms.

Track the numbers on the U.S. Census Bureau website.

The mail participation rate reflects the percentage of forms mailed back by households. Census Bureau officials developed the measure for the 2010 count, in part because of the recession and accompanying higher rates of vacant housing.

The rate excludes households with forms that were returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable, suggesting a vacant house. Temporary census workers will follow up with undeliverable addresses.

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