The U.S. Constitution requires an enumeration of every person living in the United States every 10 years. From Burlington, Vt. to Olympia, Wash., the Census Bureau and community leaders on Thursday held rallies to get the word out that the 2010 tally of the American population is underway. The U.S. Census Bureau in March mailed or hand-delivered about 134 million 2010 questionnaires to households. To date, about half of those households have mailed in their completed forms. In Vermont, 51 percent of the forms have been filled out and returned. According to a recent study by the Brookings Institution, Vermont fares better than any other state on a per capita basis when it comes to qualifying for federal money distributed on the basis of census data. Altogether, census data this year will determine how more than $400 billion in federal funds are divvied up this year.
Census officials expect a surge in returns after April 1 because the forms specifically ask who lives where as of that date.
About 650,000 workers will be deployed next month to knock on the doors of those who haven't returned the form or didn't fill it out completely.
To see how many people have responded in each state, click here.