Skip to main content

TribBlog: First Responders

Census Day isn't until tomorrow, but residents in some Texas cities and counties got a significant head start, according to the latest questionnaire response rates.

Lead image for this article

Census Day isn't until tomorrow, but residents in some Texas cities and counties got a significant head start, according to the latest questionnaire response rates

Here are the top 5 cities and counties (as of this afternoon):

Top 5 counties 2000 Rate 2010 Rate
Baylor 51%
64%
Wichita 76%
58%
Runnels 70%
57%
Randall 77%
57%
Young 70%
56%
Top 5 cities 2000 Rate 2010 Rate
Meadowlakes 88%
70%
Cashion Community no data 69%
Briaroaks 89%
68%
DeCordova no data 67%
Shiner 70%
67%

None of the major cities and counties made it to the highest ranks:

Major counties and cities 2000 Rate 2010 Rate
Tarrant 73%
47%
Bexar 72%
43%
Dallas (county) 68%
43%
Harris 67%
40%
Travis 69%
39%
Fort Worth 69%
45%
San Antonio 72%
42%
Dallas (city) 64%
40%
Austin 68%
39%
Houston 64%
37%

See the full lists: cities and counties.

The bureau's statewide data shows that 44 percent Texas households overall have returned their 2010 census forms. That's 6 percentage points below the national rate.

Many counties and cities in Texas are still 10-20 percentage points below the 2000 rates. In a rare instance, however, the rate for Baylor County in North Texas has already surpassed the one a decade ago. The data shows 64 percent of households have returned the questionnaires.

Of course, the official day isn't until tomorrow, and we know some folks are waiting until then just to make sure they can reflect the most accurate information in the forms.

Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.

Quality journalism doesn't come free

Yes, I'll donate today