Seventy-seven percent of Michigan residents have mailed in their Census forms – that’s the fifth-highest response rate in the nation.
Those who didn’t respond by mail should have gotten a knock on the door from a Census enumerator.
The Census Bureau has offered a third option, too, for counting yourself – a toll-free phone line. That line closes, though, at 9 o’clock tonight.
Ken Darga is the state demographer.
“There was certainly a lot of relief that the process went as smoothly as it did, and that the Census Bureau seems to have succeeded in getting its operations complete, on time, and a little bit under budget.”
The phone line helped get a more complete count, says Darga, getting responses from more people.
“People who failed to turn back a form, or didn’t get a form, and haven’t been visited by an enumerator, can call that number and provide their Census information.”
According to Darga, some enumerators will be in the field through August, wrapping up the nationwide count. They’re checking on addresses that were reported as vacant or inhabitable.
According to Darga, work at the Census Bureau will soon shift to processing the data.
“By the end of the year, December 31, the Census Bureau will be releasing the apportionment counts – the total population for each state – to be used for apportioning Congress. And then in April, the first of the more detailed information will come out.”
Darga says 130,000 people across the country have so far been counted by calling 1-866-872-6868.
This is the first time the Census has used a phone line in this way.