Unless you were living under a rock, you would have heard about the 2010 US Census form that was compulsory to complete this year (and every year its conducted for that matter). The Census is really important to complete because the results determine the amount of funding that your state receives from the federal government for infrastructure and services such as hospitals, schools and emergency services.
Hawaii still has one of the lowest response rates for the 2010 U.S. Census, and if you haven't completed your form, expect a friendly visit from a Census Bureau representative over the next few weeks.
As of Friday April 23, the Hawaii had a 65% response rate, tying with Oklahoma, and ranking down the bottom at no. 46 among the states. Washington, D.C. West Virginia, Louisiana, New Mexico and Alaska posted the lowest response rates. Kinda funny that DC had one of the lowest as well!
In Hawaii, Kalama Valley in East Oahu was the most responsive area in Hawaii with an 89% response rate, while Kahauiki was the least responsive with a 14% response rate.
For every home that Census workers have to visit, it is estimated to cost U.S. taxpayers $60 to $70, according the Census Bureau. Each person who isn’t counted also costs the state about $1,200 in lost federal funds, according to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
If you haven't submitted your Census form, get it done NOW. There's only about 10 questions = 5 mins of your day. Its really important that Hawaii gets counted and receives the much needed federal funding it deserves to help improve the quality of life for residents and for visiting tourists. Find out more info at www.2010.census.gov