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Is the Census Bureau inflating participation rates in Florida?

Is the Census Bureau inflating participation rates in Florida?
mytwocensus.com ^ | 5/16/2010 | RYAN McCARTHY

Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 1:20:01 PM by mojitojoe

It’s safe to say U.S. Census Bureau officials and Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers disagree on just how many Keys residents have been counted for the 2010 tally.

Census officials have been touting return rates as high as 97.5 percent in the Keys, which raised Carruthers’ — and others’ — suspicion. She put out a call on Thursday asking those not counted to contact her office.

That 97.5 percent figure appears to be inflated.

“We have an amazing number of people calling saying they haven’t been counted. Some say their whole neighborhood; some say [a census taker] left a note on their door and never came back,” Carruthers said.

She’d heard enough, and asked Marilyn Stephens, Census Bureau partnership specialist for South Florida, to address the County Commission this Wednesday in Key Largo.


“Maybe this will light a fire under them and they’ll go back out and count some of these,” Carruthers said.

(Excerpt) Read more at mytwocensus.com

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