Census Bureau: SC a 'poster child' for 2010 survey

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves is calling South Carolina a poster-child for the 2010 headcount, after the state drastically turned around its low return rate from 2000.

Slightly more than 72 percent of U.S. households believed to be occupied have mailed back their 2010 Census forms, according to Census Bureau officials. The number is the same rate achieved in the 2000 survey.

"This is a significant achievement; the nation has stepped up to the challenge of participating in this once-a-decade civic event," said Groves. "We knew the job would be more difficult in 2010 than in 2000, yet the nation responded tremendously."

Twenty-eight states met or exceeded their 2000 Census rates, and 11 more were within one point of matching their rates.

North Carolina and South Carolina achieved the greatest percentage point increase among all states, both increasing by 8 percentage points. Charleston also achieved the greatest town point increase, jumping 9 percent from its 2000 return rate.

Here's a breakdown of final South Carolina mail participation rates for the 2010 Census:

COUNTY                  2000 % RATE       2010 % RATE      DIFFERENCE
Allendale 45 72 27
Edgefield 50 76 26
Calhoun 50 74 24
Georgetown 48 72 24
Clarendon 48 70 22
Fairfield 53 74 21
Barnwell 55 75 20
Chesterfield 57 76 19
Colleton 52 71 19
Chester 57 74 17
Bamberg 54 70 16
Williamsburg 53 69 16
Jasper 49 65 16
Laurens 57 72 15
Lee 57 72 15
Orangeburg 53 68 15
McCormick 57 71 14
Hampton 52 66 14
Darlington 59 72 13
Horry 57 69 12
Saluda 59 71 12
Beaufort 61 72 11
Marion 58 68 10
Marlboro 58 68 10
Dillon 59 69 10
Lancaster 70 79 9
Berkeley 64 73 9
Aiken 68 76 8
Kershaw 68 76 8
York 72 79 7
Dorchester 69 76 7
Newberry 67 74 7
Charleston 64 71 7
Greenville 70 76 6
Anderson 70 76 6
Richland 69 75 6
Pickens 68 74 6
Abbeville 62 68 6
Lexington 72 77 5
Sumter 69 73 4
Florence 67 71 4
Cherokee 68 71 3
Oconee 69 71 2
Greenwood 70 71 1
Spartanburg 71 71 0
Union 69 68 -1

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