|The national 67% Final Response Rate for Census 2000
exceeds the 65% response rate from the 1990 census and far
exceeds the 61% response rate expected for the census. Thanks
to the public’s help, Census 2000 is a good census. The increase
in participation by the American public enabled census staff
to complete field operations on schedule. The American public
should be proud of its accomplishment.
More than 24 percent (9,294) of the local communities responded to the Census Bureau’s challenge to increase their community’s participation rates in this census by at least five percentage points over their 1990 response rate. Of the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, five met or exceeded the ’90 Plus Five challenge. This is a truly significant achievement.