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Final Mail Participation Rates [Census 2010]

The Mail Participation Rate is the percentage of forms mailed back by households that received them. The Census Bureau developed this new measure in 2010, in part because of the current economy and higher rates of vacant housing. The rate excludes households whose forms were returned to us by the U.S. Postal Service as "undeliverable," strongly suggesting the house was vacant. The Census Bureau followed up on all these housing units to make sure that everyone was counted.

The Census Bureau made preliminary rates available in the spring of 2010. The final rates were made available in October 2010.

Take 10 Map from the Census Bureau
The Census Bureau has a wonderful Google Map application that allows one to look up mail participation rates from an interactive map.

Comparing Other Geographies
The Take 10 map application is tedious if one one wants to compare the participation rates for all states or for the most populous cities or counties. Check out the selected geographies. Want more? Let us know.

Final Mail Participation Rates in Ann Arbor Student Neighborhoods
See what the final mail participation rates looked like in Ann Arbor's student neighborhoods. College students generally have lower participation rates than other populations. This continued to be the case in 2010, but the student neighborhoods showed marked improvement over their final mail participation rates in 2000.

Big 10 Challenge
What does Ann Arbor look like compared to Columbus, OH or E. Lansing, MI?