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70% Percent of Miami-Dade County residents have returned 2010 Census Forms

MIAMI – Seventy percent of Miami-Dade County residents have completed and mailed back their 2010 Census forms. The County has surpassed its 2000 Census participation rate of 67% and 11 municipalities within the County have also surpassed their 2000 participation rates, including El Portal, Florida City, Golden Beach, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Indian Creek, Key Biscayne, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka and Sweetwater.

“Census workers are out in the community knocking on doors and encouraging those who have not yet sent in their form to do so. Participation is safe and easy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. “Encourage your friends, family members and anyone else who will listen to mail in their Census form as soon as possible.”

The Census, which is completed every 10 years, affects political representation and directs the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding for local communities. Census forms were mailed to all households on March 15th and asked people to answer 10 questions that will take only 10 minutes to complete. Through July, Census takers will be visiting neighborhoods to assist households that haven’t sent back their questionnaires.

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