Pickett County Census response rate up 23 percent
The 2010 Census response for Pickett County was up 23 percent from the 2000, making that the highest county gain in the state as of April 15th.
In the 2000 census, the mail participation rate was at 52 percent by the deadline and was at 75 percent on April 15th and possible will be higher once the final count is performed.
Census takers starting going door to door to households who haven't responded yet at the beginning of May. They will also verify housing units as unoccupied by the postal service and others that are indeed unoccupied or vacant. These census employees will be wearing a Census ID badge.
According to the Census 2010 website, the 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.