Nebraska, three other states tied for fourth in Census participation

Omaha, NE – 72 percent of Nebraskans have returned their 2010 Census forms.

That ranks Nebraska in a tie with three other states for fourth in Census participation, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research issued the report Tuesday.

CPAR Research Coordinator David Drozd says households that don't return their Census forms after Friday will get a visit from a Census taker. He says that process is much more expensive than mailing the Census form.

Drozd says Saunders, Washington and Cass counties have the best Census response rates in the region. Response rates are more than ten percent below their 2000 level in Papillion, Beatrice, and Nebraska City.

Federal funding and legislative boundaries are determined by the Census results.