(Seattle, WA) With just five days left for households to mail back their 2010 Census forms, the U.S. Census Bureau wants to remind people that it’s not too late to return their completed questionnaires and be counted.

(Seattle, WA) With just five days left for households to mail back their 2010 Census forms, the U.S. Census Bureau wants to remind people that it’s not too late to return their completed questionnaires and be counted.

Personal visits to non-responding households begin May 1. Households have until April 16 to mail back their form, as the Census Bureau must begin preparing to train temporary census workers to gather census responses in person from households that did not mail back their forms.

The national mail back participation rate stands at 65 percent. Washington State is on pace with the national average at 65 percent. King, Pierce, Snohomish, Lewis and Yakima counties have 65 percent as well.

For the first time, the Census Bureau has mailed replacement forms to areas with historically lower mail-response rates. Research shows that the replacement forms will help increase mail response in those areas, which will save a significant amount of money.

If you did not receive a Census form or have misplaced it, visit: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/ to find a “Be Counted” or Questionnaire Assistance Center site in your neighborhood, where forms are available. Both the questionnaire assistance centers and the “Be Counted” sites are operational until April 19 and can be found in public areas, such as libraries and community centers donated by businesses and organizations.

You also may call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center hotlines for help seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time. Starting today, households can call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Centers and complete the survey over the phone. The phone numbers are: English: 1-866-872-6868, Chinese: 1-866-935-2010, Korean: 1-866-955-2010, Vietnamese: 1-866-945-2010, TDD (hearing impaired): 1-866-783-2010.

 

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