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Tri-State area's census returns still dribbling in

April 27, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Census returns continue to trickle in around the Tri-State area, slightly boosting return rates in almost 30 local reporting districts, according to U.S. Census figures released earlier this week.

The latest update of census return figures Tuesday showed a 1/2 percent increase in the return rates for some local districts over return rates reported last week.

While the nationwide return rate remained at 65 percent, the return rate for Maryland and West Virginia households rose one percentage point. Maryland's return rate is now 67 percent, while 63 percent of West Virginia households have returned their census forms.

Frederick County in Maryland and Franklin County in Pennsylvania also logged a 1 percent rise in return rates, to 72 percent and 69 percent respectively. Other area counties remained the same compared to a week ago.

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And 27 area municipalities experienced a slight increase in return rates since last week.

Bolivar and Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Brush Creek Township, Pa., each had response rate increases of two percentage points since last week.

Municipalities with one percentage point increases included Boonsboro, Funkstown and Hagerstown in Washington County; Charles Town, Berkeley Springs and Martinsburg in West Virginia; and McConnellsburg, Waynesboro and Chambersburg in Pennsylvania.

Census Bureau spokeswoman Terry Willis said this week's update probably will be the last update of response figures.

Willis said people who returned their census forms late may still be visited by census workers, some of whom have begun going door-to-door.

People who turned in their forms too late to be removed from the list of households to be visited by the census takers are asked to cooperate with the census takers when they visit in person.

"For all practical purposes the address list is already put together," Willis said. "As forms come in we will try to remove (the addresses) from the list but there are no guarantees."

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