Over half of those in Palmyra receiving census forms in the mail have already filled them out and mailed them back. That information was posted Thursday morning on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Web site - http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/ - that tracks participation rates in the 2010 Census by state, county and city.


Over half of those in Palmyra receiving census forms in the mail have already filled them out and mailed them back. That information was posted Thursday morning on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Web site - http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/ - that tracks participation rates in the 2010 Census by state, county and city.
As of March 25, Palmyra led the area with a response rate of 56 percent.
“I was one of those,” said Palmyra Mayor Loren Graham regarding the community’s early census response rate. “I think the people in Palmyra know how important the census is as far as affecting our representation in Washington and other things. They are always responsive to stuff like that so it’s not surprising.”
Palmyra has a tradition of participating in the census. In the 2000 count, Palmyra’s response rate was 80 percent.
“We’ll encourage the rest of them to get them (census forms) in. Maybe we’ll top that 80 percent this time,” said Graham.
The only other Northeast Missouri community at that level was New London at 50 percent. Its 2000 rate of census participation was 72 percent.

For additional details, see the Friday, March 26, edition of the Courier-Post.