Census Day 2010

April 1, 2010 5:47:32 AM PDT
Residents in Chicago received their 2010 Census forms March 15-17th. Two weeks after receiving their Census forms, the U.S. Census Bureau is finding that Chicago is lagging behind the rest of the nation. For every 1 percent increase in the national participation rate by mail, the Census Bureau can save taxpayers $85 million by not having to send census takers door to door to households that failed to return the census form. If every household mailed back its 2010 Census form, taxpayers could reduce the cost of taking the census and save $1.5 billion. On Thursday, April 1st - Census Day 2010 - residents of Chicago, and throughout the nation, are encouraged to step it up and mail it back.

As a way of encouraging responses, the Census Bureau partnered with Google Maps and Google Earth for the "Take 10 Challenge" to display daily mail participation rates for every community in the nation. Residents in Chicago are able to gauge where their community stands in the 2010 Census mailback rate by checking for updates at This interactive map is updated around 4:00 PM EST (Monday-Friday) and gives users the opportunity to see how their community is keeping up with the nation and their final participation rates in the 2000 Census. From within the map, users can also download and embed on their own Web sites a rate tracker. Once embedded on the user's Web site, the rates automatically update daily.

2010 Census data will be used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census questionnaire will be one of the shortest in U.S. history and consists of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.

Find out more at http://2010census.gov/