Mailing back your census form when it arrives will contribute to saving hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. It’s a lot less expensive to get responses back by mail than it is to send census takers to knock on doors of households that failed to respond.
According to Census Bureau Director Robert Groves, “It costs the government just 42 cents for a postage paid envelope when a household mails back the form. It costs $57 to send a census taker door-to-door to follow up with each household that fails to respond.”
Advance letters alerting households to the arrival of the 2010 Census form were mailed last week, as well as reminder postcards that will be sent later this month, are all part of a mailing strategy that has been proven to increase participation in the census by mail — a cost savings that could exceed more than $500 million.
Even with these changes to make the census the shortest and easiest in a lifetime, the Census Bureau still projects that it will have to send census takers to an estimated 48 million households that do not respond by mail.
“The Complete Counts Committee urge you to take the 10 minutes it may require to complete your Census form today,” said City of Altus Public Information Officer Matt Coppock. “The total count of population will assist Altus and Jackson County residents with providing various resources the funding needed for organizations that are dependend on population headcount. Do your part to help us move forward.”