Minneapolis surpasses 2000 census response rate

The City of Minneapolis announced today that 70 percent of its households have completed and returned the 2010 census form, surpassing the 2000 mail response rate of 68 percent and making it one of only five cities nationwide with a population of 50,000 or more to have achieved this milestone. The announcement comes just three days before the U.S. Census Bureau begins preparing to send more than 600,000 census takers door to door to count households that failed to mail their forms back.  

Households should mail back their forms by Friday, April 16, to ensure that they are not included in the in-person follow-up phase of the census that starts in May. Census takers will be knocking on doors to obtain responses from every household that didn't mail back its form in time.

An accurate count of Minneapolis in the 2010 census has a direct impact on the city. Census data is used to determine how nearly $400 billion is annually distributed for 170 Federal programs. Census data is also used to determine the need for additional social services, including community development block grants and other grant programs essential to many communities. It is estimated that for every 100 people who are not counted, $1 million is lost to the people of Minneapolis over the next decade. What’s more the census count is used to distribute Congressional seats to states and Minnesota is on the cusp of losing one of those seats.

Minnesota has one of the highest mail response rates in the country with 76 percent. The national mail response rate is 67 percent. The City of Minneapolis is also tracking mail response rates by neighborhood.

You can obtain a questionnaire or provide your census responses over the phone to the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center (English: 1-866-872-6868; Chinese: 1-866-935-2010; Korean: 1-866-955-2010; Russian: 1-866-965-2010; Spanish: 1-866-928-2010; Vietnamese: 1-866-945-2010; TDD (Telephone Display Device for the hearing impaired): 1-866-783-2010).

Published Apr 14, 2010