Indiana Ranks 3rd In The Nation For Returning Their Census Forms

By Scott Sarvay

October 22, 2010 Updated Oct 22, 2010 at 4:46 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana tied for third place in getting the most Census forms returned.

Indiana and Iowa had 79 percent of residents return their Census.

That's right behind Wisconsin and Minnesota who were first and second.

In 2009, Fort Wayne put together a committee to reach out to the community to increase participation.

And the program worked especially well among Hispanic and Burmese groups.

Some areas of the city saw participation double from 2000.

2010 Census Liason Dennis Donahue says, “We have to give a lot of credit to these agencies that helped us. It was really kind of on them to make sure that the client base they served had this information to tell those clients that this was important to fill out for representation with our government for financial reasons.”

The Census helps decide how much federal aid Fort Wayne and the rest of Indiana will receive over the next ten years.

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