Mayor says return census form

Renton residents can now check in to see Renton’s latest 2010 Census mail participation rate.

From today through May 3, the U.S. Census Bureau will publish daily mail participation rate data in the form of maps and tables at The data are tabulated based on the number of forms that are mailed back.

“You only have a few short weeks to complete and return your census form, so please take 10 minutes and fill it out. Filling out and mailing back a census form collects data that will provide critical information about who we are as a city and identify our needs for the future,” said Mayor Denis Law.

Census data are used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and for the subsequent redistricting of state and local governments. Census data also help to determine how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state and local governments to fund services for people in need.

Data from the 2010 Census will help establish locations for hospitals, senior centers and facilities for people with disabilities. Data will also help forecast transportation needs, such as new roads and public transit options.

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