Second census form in the mail? You’re not alone. |

Second census form in the mail? You’re not alone.

Some Nevada County residents who already filled out their census questionnaire are getting a confusing delivery – yet another census questionnaire.

It’s part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s massive effort to re-blanket areas with historically low mail participation rates. If less than 59 percent of households in a given region responded by mail in the 2000 census, the entire area gets a second form.

If an area had a mail response rate between 59 and 67 percent in the previous census, households that have not yet returned the questionnaire will receive a second one.

About 40 million packets have been mailed in the second round. Households that have already submitted the first mailer do not need to return the second.

Census officials estimate the effort will increase the response rate by 7 to 10 percentage points and save $500 million, which otherwise would be used to pay census workers to collect information in person.

For more on the story, see Thursday’s edition of The Union.

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