CHICAGO (AP) -- Got those taxes done? Now it's time to mail back your census form.
Households returning their forms after Friday are likely to be visited by census workers. Those workers start going door to door on May 1 to collect census responses.
Mailing a census from saves taxpayer money. Each 1 percent increase in the national mail participation rate saves taxpayers $85 million.
It costs the government 42 cents to get a questionnaire back in the mail, and an average of $57 to count a household that fails to mail it back.
So far, about 67 percent of national households have mailed back their census forms. In 2000, the mail participation rate was 72 percent.
The census counts everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
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