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April 14, 2010 - Miranda Stokes

As of Tuesday, only 61 percent of Wetzel County residents have mailed in the 2010 Census form. This is down from 69 percent from the 2000 Census results. While this number is over half of the local population, it’s heavily encouraged everyone submits his or her form. According to the Census Bureau, if everyone across the nation mailed back their forms, taxpayers could reduce the cost of taking the census by about $1.5 billion. The mail-in deadline is Friday.

The Census Bureau’s Web site contains a Challenge Map that tracks how well the nation is participating in the census by seeing what percentage of households have mailed back their census forms. To find out the county, state, or nation-wide participation rate, visit The Census Bureau is challenging all communities to achieve a higher rate in 2010 than they did in 2000. Nationally, the bureau’s goal is to surpass the 2000 Census rate of 72 percent.

Additionally, the Mail Participation Rate Tracker Widget is now available to embed on a Web site. It's an easy way to remind the public they need to mail back their census forms. Once the widget displaying an area's rate is embedded on a site, the rate will automatically update every day when the Take 10 Map is updated with the latest daily rates.

The census data helps determine how more than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed to state, local, and tribal areas each year. A complete count of Wetzel County’s community in the census will help ensure the county gets its fair share of census-based funding for the next 10 years. The 2010 Census must be mailed by April 16 to ensure Wetzel County is counted accurately and given a fair chance at attaining federal financial aid for schools, hospitals, roads, services, and more.


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