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: