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Taylor returns 100 percent of census forms

Residents of Taylor were on the ball and returned 100 percent of their mail-in census questionnaires, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau information.

Residents of Taylor were on the ball and returned 100 percent of their mail-in census questionnaires, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau information.

Taylor's percentage is the highest in southwest North Dakota. Daryl Jurgens, Taylor City Council member, said residents realize the importance of being counted. He is proud of the city's return rate, but isn't surprised. "I think that's the way the Taylor people are," Jurgens said. "They always have been and I think they always will be, too." Though final 2010 population statistics haven't been released, Jurgens thinks Taylor has grown. "I believe Taylor is really moving ahead," he added. Jared Ewy, media specialist for the Denver Regional Census Center, said census information shows what the country needs. "From schools to roads, job programs to health care, Census Bureau data informs the decisions that make those businesses and services available," Ewy said. Halliday had the lowest return rate in Southwest North Dakota, with 40 percent.

Of eight southwest counties, Stark County had the highest return rate. "Stark County was incredible, you had an 84 percent participation rate," Ewy said. Households that didn't mail in questionnaires were counted via a door-to-door census worker, Ewy added. Duane "Bucky" Wolf, Stark County commissioner, is happy with the county's rate. Oftentimes allocation of funding is based on census information, he added. "What gets the money back is the numbers," Wolf said. "I think people were aware of that and were very diligent in regard to getting their number counted." The mail-in census forms were distributed in March and had to be returned by April, Ewy said. Census workers began going door to door to collect information from households that hadn't returned their census forms in May and continued into August, Ewy said. In December, the five-year American Community Survey estimates will be released, Ewy said. "This information will cover all communities in America regardless of size and will be very important to government, business and non-profit organizations," he added. In February and March, data needed for state political redistricting will be released. The full demographic profiles created by the 2010 Census data will be available in May, Ewy said.

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