The Missouri Statewide Complete Count Committee wants residents to know that it is not too late to participate in the 2010 Census.
“We want anyone who hasn’t yet filled out their form to complete it and send it in now,” says Kelvin L. Simmons, commissioner of the Office of Administration and the chairman of the Complete Count Committee. “We also know that there are some residents who did not receive a form. Those people can call the telephone questionnaire assistance line at 866-872-6868 for help. They can also visit the 2010.census.gov Web site to find a site in their area to pick one up.”
According to the Take 10 Map on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Web site, http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/, Missourians continued to respond at a rate slightly above the national average On April 12, the map showed Missouri with a 68 percent response rate. The national average on that day was 65 percent.
Here are rates as of Monday in Texas County: Cabool, 67; Houston, 66; Licking, 56; Plato, 59; Raymondville, 60; and Summersville, 65.
Simmons noted that Perry County was the top county on April 12, with 77 percent of residents responding, while Camden County, at the Lake of the Ozarks and Taney County, which contains Branson, had the lowest response rates in the state. Some of the low response rates in these areas could be attributed to vacation homes. The Census Bureau will confirm this with in-person visits to these areas.
Census data is used to determine the distribution of federal funding as well as the number of Congressional seats that states receive. It is estimated that Missouri receives $1,327 per year for every person counted. Further, Missouri will retain or lose its ninth Congressional seat by counting or missing less than one percent of the population.