WPR News
10:28 am
Sat April 10, 2010

Wyoming Census return rate below national average

Laramie, Wyo. – Federal Census officials say that Wyoming's return rate for census forms is slightly below the national average. Several communities are going to try to increase the rate this weekend. Sublette County is a particular concern. Deborah Cameron with the U-S Census Bureau says part of the problem is the large number of transient energy workers in that county.

"When someone resides in a place temporarily they just don't return those forms as quickly," she said. "When they are homeowners, when they have a family then they return those forms. It's just a trend we notice at the census."

Cameron says census officials are going to try to urge short-term workers to turn in forms, because many use services paid for through census dollars. She says the census form is the shortest in history, and will only take a few minutes to fill out.