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    Cyburbian mgk920's avatar
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    US Census participation rates

    How's your locality doing with regards to participation (form mail return) rates in the 2010 USCensus?

    My home city of Appleton, WI is currently the 6th best muni in the USA and #1 in the state of Wisconsin with a participation rate of 84% (Green Twp. (unknown county), OH is #1 at 86%) and Wisconsin leads the USA at the state level at 80%.

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    Michigan: 77%
    Oakland County: 81%
    My community: 83%
    My tract: 85%

    In 2000, my tract was actually at 91% at this point in the process so it looks like we're slacking! My theory? Our median age is probably much older in the track in 2010 than it was in 2000 so there are still a bunch of folks down in Florida for the winter.


    Quote Originally posted by mgk920 View post
    How's your locality doing with regards to participation (form mail return) rates in the 2010 USCensus?

    My home city of Appleton, WI is currently the 6th best muni in the USA and #1 in the state of Wisconsin with a participation rate of 84% (Green Twp. (unknown county), OH is #1 at 86%) and Wisconsin leads the USA at the state level at 80%.
    Southfield Twp in Michigan is at 87% so take that Green Township, Ohio!
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    My town is at 74%.

    Click here to find your city's participation rate => http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/
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    64%. Counties further west are in the 50s. We know it is an unconstitutional big gov'ment conspiracy to take our guns.

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    Cool map!

    My state: pathetic - never mind
    My county: 76%
    My town: 81% > woo-hoo!
    My tract: 87% > way to go!

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    My state: 75%

    At school, where I'm being counted:
    My county: 76%
    My township: 71%
    My city: 70%
    My tract: 56%...oh the joys of living in a tract dominated by student apartments

    Compare that, with back at home:
    My county: 83%
    My township: 85%
    My city: 83%
    My tract: 83% (The tract next door is 91%!)
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    My former tract-77% (where i filled the census out)
    My existing tract-73%. Not too bad.
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    Man, checking that map, there is a tract covering part of Appleton's northeast side that is now at 92%.



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    Damn pinko commie socialist upper Midwesterners leading the pack.
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    my county is at 50%

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    My state: 75%
    My county: 75%
    My city: 70% (I blame the students)
    My census tract: 78% (that's better)

    There is one census tract in my town (incidentally the poorest area of town) at 39% that is keeping down the City total. There definitely seems to be a correlation between income and response rate as the wealthiest census tract in my area has a response rate of 88%, which is the highest in my county.
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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    There is one census tract in my town (incidentally the poorest area of town) at 39% that is keeping down the City total. There definitely seems to be a correlation between income and response rate as the wealthiest census tract in my area has a response rate of 88%, which is the highest in my county.

    I noticed that when looking at my county as well.
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    Maybe this sounds like a stupid question (remember, I'm still a planning student) but if you can figure out the participation rate couldn't you figure out the actual population WITHOUT having to actually go through with the Census? I mean, for example, if you know the participation rate in Anytown, USA is 75%, wouldn't a little simple algebra be all that's needed in order to figure out the population?

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    Remember RED STATES! It's all just an evil plot, don't send your forms in!
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    Ha ha ha.....

    Quote Originally posted by Duke Of Dystopia View post
    Remember RED STATES! It's all just an evil plot, don't send your forms in!
    Tell me you will be in Boston Next Year..... We've got to talk

    That would explain our response rates:
    State of Arizona- 67%
    County- 39%
    City A- 55%
    City B- 55%
    City C- 59%
    Tract- 54%

    Get off my land!!


    I think the correlation with higher response rates is tied to education levels.....if it were just by money, the dumb but rich tracts would be higher....
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    Quote Originally posted by Jazzman View post
    Maybe this sounds like a stupid question (remember, I'm still a planning student) but if you can figure out the participation rate couldn't you figure out the actual population WITHOUT having to actually go through with the Census? I mean, for example, if you know the participation rate in Anytown, USA is 75%, wouldn't a little simple algebra be all that's needed in order to figure out the population?
    seriously! How do they know it's 75% if they know what 100% is - classic!!!!!!

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    ^^^
    The USCensus Bureau mailed a form to every known residential address in the USA and the participation rate is the percentage of the forms that were filled out and mailed back. It says NOTHING about how many people reside at each address.

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    They sent me two forms. I sent back one (despite kidding about that on Facebook). My area shows less than 75% return, probably because of the vacant houses in the blocks.

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    My fair village is #38 with an 83% response rate, for towns with 50,000 or more. My tract is slacking at 81% response -- probably a few too many retired, libertarians in the neighborhood. Census is a communist plot, dontcha know?

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    Quote Originally posted by Jazzman View post
    Maybe this sounds like a stupid question (remember, I'm still a planning student) but if you can figure out the participation rate couldn't you figure out the actual population WITHOUT having to actually go through with the Census? I mean, for example, if you know the participation rate in Anytown, USA is 75%, wouldn't a little simple algebra be all that's needed in order to figure out the population?
    They are basing that on how many addresses have responded out of the addresses forms were sent to. Basically, it includes both occupied and vacant units. I believe vacant units will get verified by the folks on the ground, which will improve the 'response'. There's a little more to the % calculation than that, because I think they consider HHsize, etc., but you get the idea.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    State - 75%
    County - 77%
    City - 75%
    Tract - 79%

    State is above 2000 participation rate. County and City are 2% behind 2000 rate, tract is 5% behind 2000 rate. My area was doing well at first, but has since really slowed down. Some of the tracts in the "rougher" parts of my city are hovering right around 60%.

    This is one of the reasons why I hesitated at applying to be a Census worker. I am not sure I want to have to deal with someone who doesn't return their form. If they can't be bothered to take the 10 minutes to fill out the form I can't believe I would be a welcomed visitor.

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