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More N.C. residents being counted in census

Posted April 27, 2010

— North Carolina residents are doing a better job at being counted in the 2010 census than they did 10 years ago, census officials said Tuesday.

Each of the state's 100 counties has met or topped the rate at which of residents mailed in their 2000 census forms, making it one of the few states nationwide with a boost in early participation in the current population count.

The average increase in 2010 census participation is 12.9 percent, officials said, with 66 counties increasing their participation by at least 10 percent.

Seven counties had a 79 percent mail-in rate, including Chatham and Person counties, while Avery County had the lowest participation statewide at 63 percent.

Wake County's mail-in rate was 76 percent, while Orange County's was 78 percent, Johnston County's was 75 percent, Durham County's was 72 percent and Cumberland County's was 70 percent.

The door-to-door segment of the census, in which workers try to contact households that didn't mail in their census forms, begins Saturday. The Census Bureau estimates that 48 million households nationwide will be visited by a census taker during this segment, which runs through July 10.


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  • ncguy71 Apr 27, 2010

    "You know, if you don't answer the question, the census takers will ask your neighbors."

    My neighbors only answered question #1 just like me. They will not be answerig the door either......

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 27, 2010

    Our gov't is required to count everyone.

    Will YOU help reduce gov't costs?

    42 cents = cost if you mail back the census form

    $57 DOLLARS = cost to send a census taker door-to-door to collect the same information if don't mail the form


    So...here's your chance for a more efficient government. Mail that puppy in. I mean, do you really want someone knocking on your door?...several times? Are you that starved for attention? ;-)

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 27, 2010

    The aren't volunteers. They are paid census workers.

  • timmytim Apr 27, 2010

    "The door-to-door segment of the census, in which volunteers try to contact households that didn't mail in their census forms, begins Saturday."

    Does WRAL even do basic fact checking anymore? Volunteers? That's the funniest thing I've heard all day. Of course they aren't volunteers, they are temporary Federal employees.

  • corey3rd Apr 27, 2010

    if you have any questions - call the Census and don't take advice from Duke fans:

    If you have questions about the questionnaire, call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance center at one of the numbers listed below. The phone lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (your local time) seven days a week from February 25, 2010 through July 30, 2010.

    * English 1-866-872-6868
    * Spanish 1-866-928-2010
    * Chinese 1-866-935-2010
    * Korean 1-866-955-2010
    * Vietnamese 1-866-945-2010
    * Russian 1-866-965-2010

    For the hearing-impaired, TDD 1-866-783-2010

  • HowManyOunces Apr 27, 2010

    You know, if you don't answer the question, the census takers will ask your neighbors.

  • FragmentFour Apr 27, 2010

    Given the previous census questionnaire - some 20 pages if I remember correctly - this one is a cinch. Very simple, quick, and not nearly the headache and hassle.

  • Hatchcover Apr 27, 2010

    When they come knocking for more infomation, I will not answer or I will tell them to get lost.

    Why - are you needing company?

  • htomc42 Apr 27, 2010

    Maybe they would have higher participation if they didn't bother asking questions having nothing to do with their primary, legal purpose, namely "Enumeration". That means counting, no more, no less. There is one and only one piece of information that they need from each residence in order to fulfill this function.

  • SteamTrain Apr 27, 2010

    Yeah...when I left town on April 1, I hadn't yet received the form...and neither had several other folks that I asked in my community.
    Still none by the time I returned on the 14th, but don't know whether my entire community was missed or not.

    Will they visit, or do they not know we exist?