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Citizens Urged to Mail Back Census Forms

Beginning May 1st, U.S. Census takers will be going door to door collecting information from those who did not mail in the census questionnaire that was sent to all residences in the Ozarks over a month ago. KSMU’s Royal Yates spoke with the census’ regional director and has more information.

The U.S. Census is urging those who have not mailed in their census forms to do so by this Friday. By mailing in the form, taxpayers save on average $56 per household. Officials say the money that the Census Bureau does not use is returned to the budget and can be used in other areas to help prevent the nation’s deficit from growing any larger.

Kansas City regional director for the census, Dennis Johnson, says the department prefers mailed forms over the information that is gathered door-to-door.

“We get better information when individuals fill the form out themselves – when they have the opportunity to sit down at the kitchen table and take their time to fill it out – as opposed to having a census taker come to the door and ask the questions. I think that’s understandable. If someone comes to your door, you want to help, but at the same time it’s a bit of an inconvenience and you want to get it over with as soon as possible,” he said.

The 2010 census is one of the shortest in U.S. history. With only 10 questions, the form only takes roughly 10 minutes to complete.

For KSMU News, I’m Royal Yates.