San Francisco Lags Bay Area in Returned Census Forms

Midwesterners love filling out census form, Texans not so much

By Jackson West
|  Friday, Apr 2, 2010  |  Updated 3:00 PM PDT
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Among Bay Area counties, San Francisco has the worst record of residents filling out and returning the 2010 United State Census form so far.

And compared to the upper Midwest, the entire state of California lags behind.

That's according to a new interactive Google map from the Census Bureau that shows census reporting data from across the nation as well as right next door.

For instance, SFist found, maybe unsurprisingly, that the response rate in the Tenderloin is well below the national average of 54 percent, while the Twin Peaks and Forest Hill neighborhoods are a bit above.

Census forms were due to be filled out and mailed back yesterday, April 1st, but you might have been stressing out over taxes too much to notice.

Don't worry, a census taker will likely come knocking on your door -- up to six times until they get a response.

The census is important because it helps federal officials assign congressional representation, electoral votes and federal funding for things like schools and transportation.

Jackson West hangs his head in shame while gazing over at the census form packet collecting dust on his nightstand.

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