On the Beat: Census 2010 Coverage

The decennial Census has kept us busy this spring, especially as the government released the daily tally of participation. Today’s the last day to mail back forms, so it feels like time to take a breath and recap some of the work my excellent colleagues have done the last few weeks:

— Stories on states and counties beginning to top their response rates from 2000, on hurdles to participation and ┬áCensus jobs going unfilled.
Maps tracking participation and an interactive where you can search rates by state, county or locality.
— A neat interactive explaining how Congress is reapportioned after every Census.

More to come as Census workers fan out to households that didn’t respond. But, of course, this is nothing compared to the deluge we’ll face next spring when Census turns on the firehose of the actual data.

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