A total of 74 percent of U.S. households participated in the 2010 census, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Oct. 21.

The national percentage was the same level of participation recorded in the 2000 census.

In all, 22 states, approximately 1,500 counties and more than 270 cities matched or exceeded their 2000 census participation rates, Census officials said. The updated count released Oct. 21 includes homes that returned forms after April 27.

In Baltimore County, 78 percent of residents were counted, a two percent decrease from the 2000 census. Baltimore City saw 68 percent of its residents participate, up from 63 percent in 2000. Statewide, Maryland posted a 76 percent participation rate, slightly higher than the national average.

“We are very pleased with the public’s response to the 2010 census, and these results demonstrate that the public stepped up to be counted,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves.

Livonia, Mich. had the highest rate of mail-ins for medium-sized cities with 88 percent participation. Rochester, Minn., Centennial, Colo., Sterling Heights, Mich. and Naperville, Ill. tied for second with 83 percent each.

Census officials will reveal final national and state population data Dec. 31, including the number of seats for each state in the House of Representatives.

Shernay Williams

Special to the AFRO