The 2010 United States Census Bureau released participation rates Thursday, and Polk County came in just under the national average as 73 percent of households returned Census forms.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that 74 percent of households across the United States filled out and mailed back the 2010 Census questionnaire, matching the final mail participation rate achieved in 2000 Census. The final 74 percent mail participation rate includes an additional 2 percent of households that mailed back their forms after April 27, when the U.S. Census Bureau announced a 72 percent participation rate.
Aragon’s participation rate was the highest in the county at 76 percent. Seventy percent of Cedartown households returned completed forms, and Rockmart had 71 percent participation.
Georgia's state average of 72 percent was also consistent with local and national rates.
According to Census.gov, Polk County’s participation rate in the 2000 Census was 67 percent, with Cedartown returning 66 percent, Aragon returning 64 percent and Rockmart returning 68 percent of completed forms.