My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Mail Response Rates Jump 14% in 1 day; 18% in 2 days

Pretty big turnaround in the numbers, eh? Still, they don’t approach the levels of participation at this point in the process ten years ago. Note: We have not been able to track any other instance where the response rate has increased so drastically in a 24 hour time period. This is cause for concern.

4 Responses to “Mail Response Rates Jump 14% in 1 day; 18% in 2 days”

  1. My Two Census » Blog Archive » MyTwoCensus Investigation: 2010 Census Response Rates Lag Behind Response Rates From 2000 Says:

    [...] than they were in 2000. My suspicions were also raised today when I learned that the response rate increased by 14% in one day. This means that some 25 million forms were processed in the past 24 hours, which is historically [...]

  2. My Two Census » Blog Archive » Correction/Update Says:

    [...] than they were in 2000. My suspicions were also raised today when I learned that the response rate increased by 14% in one day. This means that some 25 million forms were processed in the past 24 hours, which is historically [...]

  3. interested nonpartisan Says:

    if i get the census and it asks about how many live at an address. is ther any penalty to be incorrect in the numbers or to be dishonest in any way. for example if i added a number of people to the household, or if i was able to get a number of folks to fudge the numbers, how many would one need to affect the apportionment of funds from the govt. if i was concerned about loosing a member of congress from my state, could the numbers be affected. is there a penalty for being …let us say, …less than truthful. not that i would but i am just curious. thanks for reading.

  4. TR Says:

    Did you ever think that maybe the applet on the web site is *not* directly tied into the data at the NPC? That maybe somebody has to run a report on that data, then manually update the website? That maybe, just maybe, it would be a potential security breach to have the applet on the public web site tied into the systems that are used to process the Census data? That maybe because of this the numbers on the web site aren’t completely up to date?

    I mean, I’m just using common sense here…