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Enter the Census Return Rate Challenge!

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$25,000 in Prize Money!

The Census Bureau invites you to participate in a prize competition.

  • Create the best statistical model predicting census mail return rates at block group level geographies based on their demographic characteristics.
  • Use information from the new Census Planning Database, a file of selected variables from the 2010 Census and 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates.

Census Bureau planners will use the winning model to develop appropriate strategies for respondent outreach and cooperation for timely and efficient data collection.

Competition begins August 31, 2012 and ends November 1, 2012.

Win prize money by creating the best statistical model to predict Census mail return rates at block group level geographies.

1st prize: $14,000 / Visualization 1st place: $1,000
2nd prize: $7,500
3rd prize: $2,500

Rules and Information
The competition closed November 1, 2012. Further information will be posted when it is available.

For questions contact Census.Return.Rate.Challenge@census.gov

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Research and Methodology Directorate | census.research@census.gov | Last Revised: April 21, 2014