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It’s not too late to return 2010 Census form PDF Print E-mail

Forms will be accepted via mail through the middle of April.


By Jan Rahn

Managing Editor

Even though the April 1 deadline is past, the U.S. Census Bureau will continue to accept 2010 Census questionnaires by mail through mid-April.

Thus far, Perkins County is at a 62 percent rate in returning the questionnaires. 

The state of Nebraska ranks 63 percent, and nationally, the rate is 56 percent. 

Everyone needs to be counted—and those who did not return the forms will have a census worker show up after May 1. 

These workers will begin going door to door to the households that failed to mail back their forms—this massive operation will cost taxpayers an average of $57 per household versus the 42 cents it takes to get a response back by mail.

The form only takes a few minutes, and can make a difference in funding for our county and state.

“Census information impacts Nebraska communities by helping determine funding for public institutions,” said Governor Dave Heineman. “It helps guide decisions about economic and community development programs.”

It has been 10 years since the last census count, and changes in the growth of our state can make a difference in the funding received. 

Nebraska’s growth rate exceeds that of Iowa and Kansas, ranking 24th in the nation in terms of population growth, said Heineman. 

“Whether it’s an investor interested in a Nebraska startup company, or a business considering a new location in our state, Census information helps provide clues about the resources and potential found in our state,” he said.

About the Census

Census Day serves as the point-in-time benchmark for the nation’s population count for the next 10 years. 

April 1 has been designated by law as Census Day since 1930. 

 efore that, the decennial population count’s reference date fell on different days, such as Aug. 7 in 1820, June 1 in 1880, and April 15 in 1910.

 evere weather conditions during the 1920 Census, which had a Census Day of Jan. 2, led to the April 1 date when weather would be temperate enough to allow census takers to travel within their assignment areas.

The Census Bureau is urging communities nationwide to take charge of their 2010 Census mail participation rates. 

Anyone can visit the 2010 Census web site to see how well their state, county or neighborhood is participating in the census. 

2010 Census

The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. 

Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide. 

The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. 

Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.