As of today, the US Census Bureau reports on its Take 10 Map of 2010 Census Participation Rates that Haysville is reporting at a 62% rate.
Admittedly, this is somewhat better than the national participation rate of 52%, the Sedgwick County participation rate of 55%, and the Kansas-wide participation rate of 59%. But when you consider just how important the 2010 Census is for future revenue distribution, representation in Congress and in a host of other ways, it’s just not good enough.
At present, Wisconsin and South Dakota lead the nation with 62% participation (yes, identical to Haysville’s rate), with Nebraska and North Dakota trailing right behind at 61%. Two other states (Minnesota and Iowa) also lead Kansas in participation.
If you have received your Census form but haven’t filed it yet, fill it out and return it today. If you’re having any kind of difficulty with it at all, drop by the library for assistance at any time.
If every Census form were promptly returned, we would save $1.5 billion in expenses as a nation. And as for us here in Haysville, everyone counts.