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On the Records: Texas Still Slow on Census

The U.S. Census Bureau today updated its data on how many households had returned the decennial questionnaire. Texas is still seven percentage points behind the national rate — ahead of only Mississippi and Alaska.

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The U.S. Census Bureau has updated its interactive questionnaire participation map, and Texas' rate has increased from 27 percent Friday to 39 percent today. 

The state, however, still lags behind 48 other states, with only Mississippi and Alaska returning a lower percentage of its forms, which ask 10 simple questions about each residents' age, ethnicity and gender. Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, also has a lower rate. 

As some people have noted, the official Census Day won't be here until Wednesday, and perhaps people are waiting until then to mail the forms. If that's true, it's a pattern that isn't as apparent elsewhere in the country. Texas still remains seven percentage points behind the national average of 46 percent. 

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