Raleigh, N.C. — 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.