In March 2010, more than 130 million addresses will receive a 2010 Census form by mail or hand delivery. The 2010 Census will document the changes in our nation since the last decennial census in 2000, and tell us how we’ve evolved as a country. Because census data affect how more than $400 billion in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state and local governments, the census also will frame the future of our country and our communities for the next 10 years.
During Census 2000, the mail participation rate was 72 percent as of the April 2000 cut-off. About $85 million is saved for every one percent increase in mail participation. For these and many other reasons, we encourage everyone to participate in the 2010 Census.
The 2010 Census “Take10″ campaign includes an interactive map that allows you to see your current participation rates at state, county, and local levels and to compare them to your Census 2000 rates of participation. In support of the Census Take10 effort, Innovation Landscape in partnership with Google has built a Google Earth version of the participation map for use by the media and public.
We invite you to explore our map, link to it, and embed it in your website to help encourage maximum participation in the Take10 campaign.