The U.S. Census Bureau recently congratulated the D.C. City Council for its leadership role in promoting the 2010 Census campaign among residents. The Council was recognized for its outstanding work in promoting a successful 2010 Census effort in the city.  The unprecedented response rate of District residents to the Census far exceeded previous Census counts.  

“The success in DC would not have been possible without the strong support and leadership of Council Chairman Gray and his DC Council Liaison, Councilmember Michael A. Brown,” said Fernando Armstrong, U.S. Regional Director for the U.S. Census Bureau. “The historic response rate from District residents is indicative of the hard work of the District to ensure that every resident was counted.”

Officials noted the District achieved a higher participation rate than other major urban cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and most of the cities in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore and Philadelphia. The national 2010 census response rate to date is approximately 72 percent and the District’s 2010 rate to date is approximately 69 percent.