New Yorker's sending back census forms at slow rate

March 24, 2010 7:36:43 AM PDT
New Yorkers are sending their census forms back at an alarmingly slow rate, worrying city officials who fear the lethargy will put potential federal funding in jeopardy. Citywide, only about 5 percent of residents have sent their census back, which is less than the national average.

The response is worst in the Bronx, where only about 2 percent of residents sent their census forms back.

Even in Manhattan, city officials estimate only 7 percent of residents have returned the forms.

Ten days after 120 million Census questionnaires were mailed to every address in the country, some 16 percent have been returned.

The Census Bureau posts daily "participation rates" on its Web site for every state, county, city, town, township, Indian reservation and neighborhood. It partnered with Google to provide the interactive maps, which will be updated every Monday through Friday.